20 tonne concrete slab falls on highway

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Men try hoisting a large concrete wall onto a truck on after it fell on to Hewletts Rd. Photo/John Borren
Men try hoisting a large concrete wall onto a truck on after it fell on to Hewletts Rd. Photo/John Borren

A large piece of of concrete has fallen into the middle of one of Tauranga's busiest highways.

The concrete wall which fell from a truck on Hewletts Rd this afternoon. Photo/Aimee Lennan
The concrete wall which fell from a truck on Hewletts Rd this afternoon. Photo/Aimee Lennan

Police are at Hewletts Rd where a large chunk of pre-fabricated concrete fell from a truck about 4pm.

A bystander said he heard a ''massive bang''.

He estimated the concrete weighed about 20 tonnes.

The concrete fell on west bound lane of the Jean Batten Drive intersection and has been cordoned off by police.

A man who works nearby said he and his workmates had been sitting in their tearoom when they felt a large thud.

''It felt like a small earthquake,'' he said.

The man, who would not be identified, said they didn't realise what had happened until traffic began to built up.

It felt like a small earthquake.
Nearby worker

Traffic was backing up and motorists are advised to avoid the scene for now.

A reporter at the scene said a large crane was being used to hoist the slab onto a truck.

Traffic was down to one lane but still flowing, he said.


Men cordoned off the scene where a concrete slab has fallen on Hewletts Rd. Photo/supplied
Men cordoned off the scene where a concrete slab has fallen on Hewletts Rd. Photo/supplied

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