Cliff plunge truckie safe and sound

Last updated 11:48 28/12/2012

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A truck driver has walked away uninjured after his rig, carrying sound equipment for a music festival, rolled 100 metres down a steep cliff this morning.

Police Northern Communications Inspector Cornell Kluessin said the accident happened about 8.30am in the Waioeka Gorge on State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne.

The 16-wheeler was carrying audio and sound equipment for the Rhythm and Vines music festival in Gisborne and festival organisers were unsure if the crash would alter plans for the event.

Spokeswoman Sara Cairney said it wasn't known if the audio equipment had been badly damaged.

"We're waiting to assess what damage has been caused, if any," she said.

"Audio gear, such as speakers are very sensitive, but it was packed tightly and if it has not spilled out of the truck it could have sustained no damage.

"In the worst case scenario ... we can shift acts to another stage, or use equipment already on site."

Gates opened to on-site camping for festival goers today, with the main acts set to kick off at 5pm tomorrow.

Kluessin said traffic on the road was not disrupted this morning but there could be delays this afternoon when a crane was due to arrive to lift the truck back to the road.

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