Powerlines block SH1 after crash

Last updated 16:41 19/05/2014
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LUCKY ESCAPE: A man driving a water tanker which rolled on State Highway 1 was lucky to escape without more serious injuries, police said.

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People drove over live 11,000 volt wires after a water tanker rolled on the Kapiti Coast, bringing down power lines.

''The lines were down all over the road. People were driving over the them, under them and standing within a metre, right beside the lines,'' Paraparaumu fire station officer Gary Johnstone said.

The situation was ''extremely dangerous'' Johnstone said.

''It puts us, rescue services, at greater risk of a person or multiple people being electrocuted.''

The water tanker rolled between the Otaihanga roundabout and Waikanae in Kapiti, just before 2.25pm.

The downed power lines were believed to have caused a small scrub fire, which was extinguished by the Fire Service.

The 23-year-old driver of the tanker escaped with minor injuries, and has been taken to Wellington Hospital.

He was very lucky not to be badly hurt, police said.

New Zealand Transport Agency spokesman Anthony Frith said the accident initially stopped traffic, but the scene was soon cleared. 

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