Truck driver dies after crashing into RSA building
A 37-year-old man died today after his truck and trailer unit smashed into the Return Services Association building in Bulls.
The crash happened about 3.30am and there were no other vehicles involved.
The man, from Dannevirke, died at the scene.
Senior Constable Chris Craig said it appeared the southbound Retko truck failed to take a slight bend before crashing into the building.
Emergency services staff used a tow truck to remove the vehicle from the building.
Bulls chief fire officer Brian Carter said the callout was a difficult one.
"It was a bit of a mission to get him out of there because of the way the truck had moulded into the building."
Carter said the truck was carrying pressurised cylinders, which was of concern initially.
"If those valves had snapped off then we would have had all hell to pay.
"We just made sure they [the cylinders] were secure. There were a couple that had fallen over so we just removed them from the vehicle."
Carter said removing the truck was also tricky because there was a risk that "the building would follow it".
Detours around the section of State Highway 1 were put in place for several hours.
Wayne Sivern, Retko's general manager, said the dead man was a relief driver who was heading from Taupo to Palmerston North.
''Obviously we're devastated that someone has lost their life. No-one wishes that upon anyone. You just don't want it to happen.''
He said there would be an investigation into what happened.
''It's not about blame, it's about establishing facts.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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