A truck and trailer which plunged 10m down a bank into a river was one of two crashes bringing traffic to a halt in the Bay.

The driver of the truck escaped unharmed after the dramatic crash on State Highway 2 in the Karangahake Gorge yesterday morning.

Fire and Emergency northern shift communications manager Jaron Phillips said a freight truck laden with fruit plummeted into the Ohinemuri River between Paeroa and Waihi at 5am.

Firefighters helped the truck driver up the steep bank, Phillips said.

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The NZ Transport Agency said the road would be closed overnight while the truck and trailer unit was removed and warned drivers to expect delays.

Waikato transport systems manager Karen Boyt said stop/go traffic management would be in place.

A few hours later a logging truck crashed on SH2 near Otamarakau, between Matata and Pongakawa.

The crash happened about 8.30am and has blocked the northbound lane but traffic was still able to move past it if travelling.

Motorist Justin Scott said most of the logs were off the side of the road and it did not look as though anyone was hurt.

Traffic gave this logging truck a wide berth on State Highway 2 yesterday. Photo/Justin Scott
Traffic gave this logging truck a wide berth on State Highway 2 yesterday. Photo/Justin Scott