Truck left port before hitting and killing pedestrian

By Lydia Anderson

The body of a pedestrian struck by a truck and killed lies at the scene of the accident in Parnell. Photo / NZ Herald
The body of a pedestrian struck by a truck and killed lies at the scene of the accident in Parnell. Photo / NZ Herald

Auckland Transport is upgrading a Parnell intersection where a pedestrian was hit and killed by a truck this morning.

A man died after he was hit by a container truck which was turning left into The Strand from Tamaki Drive just before 5.30am.

Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said AT was currently redesigning the intersection at Tamaki Drive, The Strand, and Quay St, improving cycle lanes and other features.

He could not confirm whether pedestrian safety updates were included in the redesign.
Ports of Auckland confirmed the truck involved was coming from the port, but did not know which trucking firm was involved.

Jogger Simon Aspden witnessed the aftermath of the fatal incident when he ran past the area about 6am.

Mr Aspden said the truck was parked on the side of the road just after the free turn onto the Strand, and a tarpaulin lay on the road in the free turn section behind the truck.

"I thought the truck had lost its load or something, but looked ... and saw it was a white tarpaulin and thought, 'Oh ok, some poor bugger's under there'."

Mr Aspden, who runs around the area frequently, said he found it hard to imagine how a pedestrian could not have seen a vehicle coming at that intersection.

"It was a clear morning, there was no rain or anything. It was dry, not windy.

"At that time of the morning it's not that busy along that road."

He said he had seen a cyclist get hit by a car several months ago further along Tamaki Drive, although the cyclist was able to walk away from the crash.

Parnell resident Tim Bird said from where he lived on the Strand he often observed trucks coming from the port down the Strand.

"They seem in a hurry to get out of the port to obviously get things delivered as quickly as possible," he said.

"The speed is just ridiculous sometimes."

National Road Carriers Association chairman Chris Carr said the truck driver would be "shattered".

He could not confirm the carrier at this stage, but the truck involved was carrying a 20ft container, which was "not heavy in truck terms".

"I don't know quite what the circumstances were or how it happened.

"It's obviously a heck of a tragedy for the people concerned."

Mr Carr said it was mostly a "perception rather than reality"that trucks sped through the area on their way out of the port.

"That particular corner trucks are coming out of the port loaded ... they wouldn't be going especially fast, it's a 90 degree turn.

"As far as we could see the truck was in the right place on the road, it certainly wasn't anywhere it shouldn't have been."

Police would not release any further details of what caused the crash, or the victim's identity.

- APNZ

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