Hewletts Rd open after motorbike crash

Police are working to clear a back log of traffic on Hewletts Road.

UPDATED: Hewletts Road is open following a motorbike crash earlier this morning.

While the road is open, Tauranga City Council is advising motorists to avoid the area is possible.

In a statement released just before 11am, council says "people should avoid travel between the Mount and the city for at least the next hour".

Police are working to clear the back log of traffic.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the circumstances of the crash which has left one rider in hospital with serious injuries.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says they saw the bike speeding down Hewletts Road moments before the crash.

The caller believed the bike was being pursued by police but this is yet to be confirmed.

EARLIER:

A motorcyclist has crashed on Hewletts Road.

The road is blocked and traffic is backed up.

Police are at the scene of the crash on the Mount Maunganui side of the Harbour Bridge.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says traffic is flowing coming from Tauranga, but traffic is delayed heading from the Mount.

"I saw a bike fly past. It looked like it was being chased by police."

The caller says a few minutes later, he saw emergency service fly past.

Another caller says one of the bike's wheels has come off and is sitting about 20m from the crash scene.

We will update this story as soon as we have more information.



9 Comments

Get All Bikes Out Of Hewletts Bus Lane

Posted on 22-11-2017 21:36 | By shell

Also own a business on Hewletts and these bikes are a huge problem for those of us entering our driveways legally by not entering bus lane until 50 mtrs prior to our turn off. And dont even get me started on trying to exit the driveway.....However today had nothing to do with this, the bike rider speed at a very high speed past us on the flyover, onto the wrong side of road, almost got taken out by oncoming traffic there. And right now there is another runner that the police are after just gone past on hewletts...the towns gone crazy! Dont run, its never worth it.

Hewletts Road

Posted on 22-11-2017 17:37 | By GreertonCynic

I drive on that road several times a day and speeding motorcycles are not the problem. Red light runners and undertaking are the biggest issues. Hopefully the new road layout will solve some of this. And maybe a Police presence and some fines.

This

Posted on 22-11-2017 17:36 | By Capt_Kaveman

is now a major road thanks to the idiots who put the main highway through here, so in turn treat it like one and clear up any incidents asap

Really

Posted on 22-11-2017 17:08 | By thebrad

Hey old trucker come and sit in my office for a morning and witness it for yourself, ill grab you the fork so you can eat your words...by the way you comment on nearly every story on sunlive, you seem to know everything maybe you should run for city council

Stupid

Posted on 22-11-2017 16:07 | By 82m

I used to watch bikes fly down those bus lanes. Busses too.. if someone pulling out of or turning into a drive way doesn't check or doesn't see, there is real potential for a serious accident. even if they just nose out onto the road a little too much.

Sickened

Posted on 22-11-2017 13:32 | By Cankiwi

I too work on Hewletts Rd and I agree with the comment above. Everyday I cringe when they go speeding super fast in fear of them crashing. And today as we watched that person go by fast with the cops in pursuit has actually made me feel sick to my stomach knowing that it was that bike that crashed and I can't imagine the end result is going to be good. But I pray for him he will be ok.......

Wrong authorities

Posted on 22-11-2017 13:22 | By clingon

"I saw a bike fly past" - Should have called the airforce not the cops...

here we go again

Posted on 22-11-2017 12:58 | By old trucker

Already someone says there are bikes zooming fast, and more police and speed cameras,what a lot of poo ah,i would like to know why the traffic was backed up double lanes to

Bound to happen

Posted on 22-11-2017 11:53 | By thebrad

I work on Hewletts Road, every day I could about 10 motorcycles zooming pass in excess of 100kms an hour. There needs to be more cops and a speed camera set up to slow these idiots down.

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