Rolled truck to cause SH1 delays

Last updated 16:33 09/06/2014
Rolled truck
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BIG TIPPER: The truck on its side at the Otaihanga roundabout on SH1 near Paraparaumu.

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Commuters are being warned to prepare for rush hour delays on the Kapiti Coast tonight after a truck and trailer rolled on State Highway 1.

A crane had to be brought in to move the 43-tonne unit that rolled in the northbound lane of the Otaihanga roundabout, north of Paraparaumu, shortly after noon.

NZ Transport Agency spokesman Anthony Frith said the crane was still hard at work at 4pm.

Traffic was flowing in both directions using the roundabout's southbound lanes, but it was not known if the job would be complete by 5pm.

Anyone travelling north of Paraparaumu was being encouraged to delay their travel or take public transport, Frith said.

Sergeant Mike George said speed appeared to be the cause of the accident. No one was injured and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, he said.

''The truck has come around lane one on the roundabout, the driver noticed the rear wheels coming off the road and tried to correct. As he's continued, the truck has rolled on to its side.''

The container carrier came to rest on the roadside, clear of both lanes.

The driver, who did not want to be identified, was travelling to Dannevirke carrying a full load of wool bales.

He said he took his foot off the accelerator but was unable to prevent the truck and trailer from rolling.

''I'm still shocked, I was glad I had my seatbelt on.''

The police serious crash unit is investigating.

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