Driver narrowly escapes death in near-collision

By Peter de Graaf

Add a comment
This crash, caused by a car crossing the centre line in the path of an oncoming truck and trailer, closed State Highway 1 for more than eight hours. Photo/Supplied
This crash, caused by a car crossing the centre line in the path of an oncoming truck and trailer, closed State Highway 1 for more than eight hours. Photo/Supplied

A spectacular crash caused by a truck and trailer trying to avoid an oncoming car straddling the centre line closed State Highway 1 for more than eight hours.

The driver of the car narrowly escaped death when the truck rolled over the top of his car. He then allegedly took his bag from the wreckage and started walking away before police arrived. The accident occurred at 7.20am on Sunday near the Maromaku turnoff, south of Kawakawa.

Kerikeri police Acting Senior Sergeant Dean Gorrie said the truck was heading south when the driver was forced to take evasive action to avoid the car. The truck rolled, coming to rest on its side and blocking the highway. The car, driven by a 25-year-old Aucklander, came to rest about 20m away. The driver was later spoken to by police and taken to Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa with minor injuries.

Police enquiries were continuing, Mr Gorrie said.

- Northern Advocate

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter

SIGN UP NOW

Have your say

1200 characters left

By and large our readers' comments are respectful and courteous. We're sure you'll fit in well.
View commenting guidelines.

© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 28 Sep 2016 16:17:02 Processing Time: 388ms