Crash knocks out power in Kamo

By Mike Dinsdale -
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DANGEROUS WORK: Emergency services work to free a woman trapped in her car.PHOTO/JOHN STONE
DANGEROUS WORK: Emergency services work to free a woman trapped in her car.PHOTO/JOHN STONE

Part of Kamo lost power late yesterday after a woman driver allegedly crossed Station Rd, hit an oncoming logging truck and crashed into a power pole.

The accident, just before 6pm, brought down a power line on Station Rd, Kamo, that ended up across the truck driver's vehicle, but there were no serious injuries.

Acting Sergeant Mike Greenwood, the police officer in charge of the scene, said from initial investigations, it appeared the woman driver was heading east in a silver Mercedes saloon when it crossed the centre line, hit an oncoming Smith and Davies logging truck then crashed into a power pole.

The car came to rest on its side down a bank and a live power line ended up across the logging truck. Emergency services staff had to free the woman, who was not badly injured, from her upturned car while Northpower lines workers fixed the power cable.

"It was quite a dangerous situation. The driver isn't badly injured but can't get out because the vehicle is almost upside down," Mr Greenwood said at the scene near the intersection of Eden Terrace.

He said investigations were continuing, but it appeared speed could have been a factor.

He said electricity was out to one side of Station Rd.

The driver of the logging truck did not want to talk about the crash, but Smith and Davies fleet manager Dave Sills said the company was grateful nobody was badly hurt.

Mr Sills said it was a scary situation for the driver as nobody wanted to have a live power line hanging over their vehicle.

The road was reopened about 7pm.

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