Three-car crash in Newtown

Last updated 10:18 18/03/2014
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A fire truck arrives at the scene where a power pole has been knocked over by a street sweeper.

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Emergency services are attending a three-car crash on the corner of John and Riddiford streets in Newtown.

A fire service communications spokesman said two fire trucks attended, but one had already been stood down.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Traffic is being managed by police as the accident scene is cleared.

* A power pole is blocking a residential street in Titahi Bay after being knocked over by a street sweeper.

Mawhare St resident Matt Duncan said the vehicle hit the power about 11am. A fire crew have arrived and Wellington Electricity staff are also assessing the situation.

''The pole is lying over the road. No power has be disconnected yet, but it will have to be so they can fix it,'' said Mr Duncan

He said because the pole was blocking the road and power lines were strewn about residents were unable leave the street.

''At this point I'm negotiating with the power the guys, but there are lines all over the road. They think some of them might be phone lines.''

Wellington Electricity spokesman Geoff Thornburn confirmed the power pole was one of their's and a saff member was on site assessing the situation.

He said 12 customers had had their power turned off.

"They have been isolated for safety reasons and they will be off about four hours while the pole is replaced.''The power pole was a low voltage one that was not part of the backbone of the network, he said.

* Ngauranga Gorge is free-flowing again after a truck blocked a lane earlier this morning.

About 10am, NZTA urged motorists to be cautious of the broken-down truck, which was stuck in the centre lane of the State Highway 1 road out of Wellington between Tyers Rd and Kiwi Point.

NZTA said the lane was reopened by 11am.

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