SH29 open again after bus crash shut down bridge

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The bus involved in a crash at Maungatapu Bridge is towed. Photo/George Novak
The bus involved in a crash at Maungatapu Bridge is towed. Photo/George Novak

The section of State Highway 29 which was shut down after a bus crash on Maungatapu Bridge has now been re-opened.

The crash blocked both lanes of the busy highway and police responded with diversions, a police spokeswoman said.

A bus involved in a crash on Maungatapu Bridge is about to be towed. Photo/George Novak
A bus involved in a crash on Maungatapu Bridge is about to be towed. Photo/George Novak

There were no injuries.

Western Bay of Plenty head of road policing Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said the bus and a trailer had collided on the bridge about 8.41am.

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The bus was disabled and blocking the bridge.

Mr Campion warned motorists to avoid the area.

"Traffic will be banked up and there will be significant delays."

Diversions that were in place will be removed but the NZ Transport Agency warns there will still be delays in the area.

Traffic has been brought to a standstill at Maungatapu Bridge after a bus crash this morning. Photo/George Novak
Traffic has been brought to a standstill at Maungatapu Bridge after a bus crash this morning. Photo/George Novak

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