Logging truck rolls in Bethlehem

The lane heading into Tauranga is blocked. Photo: Ryan Wood.

A logging truck has rolled on the western roundabout at Bethlehem at Te Paeroa Road.

A media statement released by police says emergency services are on SH2, Bethlehem, where a logging truck trailer has reportedly tipped.

"A number of logs are said to have rolled across the westbound side of the highway, between Moffat Rd and Parau Drive.

"The other side of the road is not blocked, but the incident is causing traffic delays.

"Please avoid the area if you can.

"There are no reports of any injuries."

Logs are all over the road after a logging truck rolled in Bethlehem. Photos: NIkki South.

Logs are all over the road after a logging truck rolled in Bethlehem. Photos: Nikki South.


34 Comments

Stop your whining

Posted on 16-03-2018 08:55 | By veradux3380

Shut yer piehole, a crash happened, end of story. To read more into it is being trivial. :(

To Maildrop and Penguin

Posted on 28-02-2018 16:48 | By Heavy Haulage

How do you know the broken axel bolts did not cause the accident? Maildrop I think I will rely on the Bridgestone fellas not you observing at the lights. Im sure they know just a bit more about tyres than you do. If an accident is caused by a mechanical fault the driver is not at fault as they are not a mechanic. Hope that clears up the issue for you.

To Kenworthlogger

Posted on 23-02-2018 16:53 | By penguin

How do you know that the broken axle caused the incident? The axle may have been broken as a result of the rollover...

agree Kenworthlogger

Posted on 23-02-2018 07:33 | By Mein Fuhrer

has nothing to do with speed through the roundabout, but is all about the science of the centre of gravity on a loaded logging truck in relation to too much camber on a badly designed roundabout.

Ken

Posted on 22-02-2018 20:15 | By maildrop

A broken axel could have been as a result of the rolling. If the axel broke and caused the roll, it would beg the question of whether the vehicle was roadworthy and had been checked over by the driver prior to starting their journey would it not? The liability still rests with the driver however you cut it. I must say I have been horrified sometimes when alongside trucks in standing traffic at the state of tyres. Makes you wonder.

..and the truckies circle the wagons again?

Posted on 22-02-2018 20:11 | By stokey

I wondered when the trucky brigade nutters would surface again, defending the indefensible, namely their poor driving skills. Lets get these loons off the road!

logger

Posted on 22-02-2018 17:08 | By dumbkof2

kenworthlogger i agree with everything you say

ALL BETHLEHEM TRAFFIC

Posted on 22-02-2018 16:26 | By JimBob

Just stop speeding through Bethlehem... its 50km not a race track

Crash cause??

Posted on 22-02-2018 15:47 | By Kenworthlogger

The second photo clearly shows the first axel on the trailer is broken. Funny that all the expert truck crash commenters have not even spotted this...

Air suspensions.

Posted on 22-02-2018 15:44 | By leighmac

With modern air Bag Suspension systems they can cause problems for the unwary or untrained drivers. Two accidents in quick succession indicates a common problem! May be it’s not speed.

Typical car drivers

Posted on 22-02-2018 15:04 | By Kenworthlogger

Funny how every single day there are multiple car accidents and nobody cares less but as soon as a logging truck has an accident everyone is an expert on driving trucks. Hapukafin if bark from a logging truck hits your windscreen you are tailgating too close. triplediamond it is impossible to do more than 50kmh in a truck a go around that roundabout. You would struggle to do 50kmh around it in a car so another idiotic comment. Best we ban cars then Abobsworth as they kill all the time. HeatherP last time I checked that route is a state highway not a small suburban road so get your facts right. By fleur and clingon all logging trucks use chains to stop logs from moving in transport. Common sense will tell you no chain will hold the weight of a packet of logs in a roll over..

Idiot driving

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:31 | By comfortablynumb

If there is a known bad camber on this roundabout the truck driver should have allowed for it instead of speeding through this junction as many have witnessed before. Someone will get killed here and its also near a kindy.

Need to ban

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:22 | By simple.really

logging trucks from this road. Problem either with the driver or the road. Easy solution.

Speed humps triplediamond?

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:19 | By clingon

Why penalise everyone for a careless few? Park a cop on the side of the road for a couple of hours and issue some fines. And why are the logs all over the road? I thought that the load carried on a trailer was meant to stay as one package in the event of a collision or roll over. Are they using budget brand chains that snap?...

Speed humps triplediamond?

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:18 | By clingon

Why penalise everyone for a careless few? Park a cop on the side of the road for a couple of hours and issue some fines. And why are the logs all over the road? I thought that the load carried on a trailer was meant to stay as one package in the event of a collision or roll over. Are they using budget brand chains that snap?...

Stupid

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:14 | By Maori_boi

It’s a 50 zone. Bloody stupid drives go well over 50 even the stupid truck drivers. Some body is gonna get hurt soon

Stupid

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:14 | By Maori_boi

It’s a 50 zone. Bloody stupid drives go well over 50 even the stupid truck drivers. Some body is gonna get hurt soon

round

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:07 | By dumbkof2

even at a dead slow pace logging trucks tilt right over at this round a bout. may need to eliminate roundabout and install lights. or was it a 4 wheeler driver trying to beat the truck to get 1 second ahead

Solution?

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:05 | By triplediamond

Easy solution Johnny.Drive according to the conditions.Stop blaming road conditions, roundabout cambers etc.Its the nut behind the wheel!!

Are you kidding me?

Posted on 22-02-2018 13:00 | By triplediamond

How can anyone blame the road conditions or the camber on the roundabout.The road is designed to take 50kph traffic and so is the roundabout. When passing through any roundabout, 50kph is too fast anyway.So, stop making excuses! The nut behind the wheel needs to slow down!

Again!!

Posted on 22-02-2018 12:38 | By fleur

Do these logging trucks no longer use chains?. Back in the 70’s my dad had a logging truck and I remember he used chains to hold the logs on. Wouldn’t it be better all coming off at once instead of all over the road.!

Stick to the Highway

Posted on 22-02-2018 12:29 | By HeatherP

Why is the truck coming into Tauranga on a small suburban Road? There’s a Pams truck that comes down Carmichael Road regularly with double wagons. Far too big for the tiny roundabouts designed for smaller traffic.

Twice in two months

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:49 | By Johnney

This is the second time, the other just before Xmas. Either bad driving, speed, or poor roundabout design. Anybody got a solution before someone is killed ?

Someone

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:39 | By Merlin

Someone is going to be killed soon.This is the second logging truck rolling at the Bethlehem roundabout in a few months.Time to review the situation with a view of banning them especially coming around the roundabout from Moffat Road

Here we go again!

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:16 | By triplediamond

Once again the result of truck drivers speeding in a 50kph area. This speeding is all day, every day of the week. When are NZ drivers going to learn?Perhaps we should have some speed humps now? No wonder the road crash stats are so bad in NZ. Too many idiots behind the wheel. Bring on regular driver testing.

Again!?

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:07 | By PersonWorm

Someone is going to get seriously hurt!! These fools need to slow down

Bad roundabout

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:05 | By Bay Citizen

Yet again, the absolutely terrible camber on that roundabout strikes once more. I’m sure others will blame the driver, but that roundabout has proved to be very dangerous and needs to be fixed. Even in my car going REALLY slowly (like walking pace), it always causes my shopping to fall about in the boot, so it’s not surprising what it does to a truck with a large load.

Ha ha ha

Posted on 22-02-2018 11:05 | By hapukafin

Another logging truck going too fast,traffic island too small..At least all the bits of bark will have dropped onto the road and flying into windscreen of cars.

Again!

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:58 | By cheng

This is the second time this has happened in a couple of months. Maybe the trucks are going too fast, or there is a problem with the road layout. Becoming a bit too frequent. Someone’s going to get hurt or killed one day.

Hells bells

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:55 | By philiphallen

AGAIN......... This is the second time at precisely the same place. You only have to spend a couple of minutes waiting at this roundabout to see logging trucks racing through from the Te Puna direction with no regard to the other road users or the road conditions. I hope the previous driver and the current one are made to pay for their actions.

Same Spot...........

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:44 | By The Hobbit

...........but is it the same driver who did this a couple of months ago? Unbelievable!!!! I don’t suppose speed was a contributing factor here?

Mad

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:42 | By simple.really

Slow down to mandy accidents haperning keep your eyes on the rd and leave your phs alone

Had to happen -

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:36 | By The Caveman

Sooner of later - another roundabout with the road camber all wrong !!

Oh good....

Posted on 22-02-2018 10:25 | By simple.really

Another one. Something needs to happen, heads need to start rolling and maybe TCC or NZTA need to look seriously at this roundabout. Truckie’s need to take a bit more care in the meantime before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

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