Karangahake Gorge closed again tonight

The truck was removed on Friday. Supplied photo.

State Highway Two through the Karangahake Gorge will be closed for a short time tonight to complete the removal of the truck and trailer unit that crashed through a safety barrier and fell into the gorge early Friday morning.

The vehicle left the road between Waikino and Karangahake and fell down eight to 10 metres into the river.

The removal of the truck and its contents was carried out over Friday.

The contents of the trailer were removed on Saturday and the trailer unit itself will be craned out under a full road closure from 8pm to 11pm tonight.         

Waikato Transport Systems Manager Karen Boyt says the removal has been scheduled at a time when there are fewer cars on the road to minimise disruption to road users as much as possible.

“People should delay their travel if they can or use an alternative route between 8pm and 11pm tonight while the trailer is removed.”

Road users can get information by checking www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic, by calling 0800 444 449 or following the Transport Agency on Facebook or Twitter.

1 Comment

golly gosh

Posted on 13-11-2017 19:29 | By old trucker

Its alright boss we will give it a clean ,put on a new cab adjust the brakes over weekend and back on the road Monday,what a shame, ive seen horriffic accidents over my life time,its really hard to find drivers these days ,as all the older guys have come to the end of their driving life,lots would probably like to keep going, but gosh we need time out too enjoy a bit more while we have time to be with mum, partners etc,be interested to see outcome of this, and whats happened, i have my thoughts to whats happened, but will stay quiet on this,Thanks Sunlive for these great stories you bring to us, Thankyou, 10-4 out. phew.

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