Truckie avoids head on smash

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A truck driver's quick reactions and skill behind the wheel avoided a serious collision on the Hawke's Bay Expressway yesterday.

About 1.48pm a silver Toyota, travelling south, allegedly crossed the centreline and was in a collision with a northbound truck-and-trailer unit. The car driver was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital, where he remained in a stable condition last night.

"If the truckie hadn't been so skilled and observant we could have been dealing with a head-on," Sergeant Ray Kirkby said.

"He swerved left, away from the car, and as a result it hit the side of the truck - he deserves a pat on the back."

Debris struck a third vehicle but no one in it was injured.

The truck driver also walked away unharmed.

Police were continuing an investigation into why the car, which contained a solo male driver, had not remained in its lane.

The expressway was closed for about an hour while the accident scene was cleared.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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