Posted by on 07/01/2014
Motorists travelling in the eastern Waikato experienced delays after a collision between two trucks closed a busy rural highway this morning.
The crash, which happened about 6:10am on SH27 between Taihoa South Rd and the intersection with SH29 near Hinuera, involved a head on collision between a truck and a truck and trailer unit.
The crash is still under investigation by the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit however initial indications are that a southbound truck travelling on SH27 has swerved to avoid colliding with the rear of a B-train it had been following that was braking.
As it swerved it has gone into the path of an oncoming second B-train and they collided head on near the Kneebone Bridge. The northbound B-train was carrying six pellets of upright gas cylinders which are quite volatile and the area is being made safe by fire-fighters.
One of the truck drivers was trapped in his vehicle while the other was able to extract himself without issue.
Emergency services worked to remove the trapped driver who was seriously injured and an air ambulance helicopter flew to the scene to get the injured driver to hospital quickly.
Because the risks associated with the gas canisters cargo and a significant salvage operation being required, road diversions were put in place and motorists were asked to avoid the area.