4WD saves house from runaway truck

Last updated 09:42 18/03/2014

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When a Wellington resident shifted his four-wheel-drive to "keep it out of harm's way" from a visiting concrete truck, he didn't expect it to fall foul of a digger carrier.

Tim Donoghue was surprised to find a runaway truck had slammed into the side of his 1997 Nissan Regulus when he cycled past on his way to work.

The Dominion Post reporter had shifted the SUV down the road in Kaiwharawhara yesterday while concreting work was done at his house, parking the vehicle in front of a neighbour's house.

A Plumbing Services Isuzu truck at a nearby building site was having a digger loaded on to the back when it started careening down the hill.

It slammed into Donoghue's truck, which was shunted about 10 metres down the road by the impact, leaving skid marks on the footpath.

Had he not parked outside neighbour Gloria Wheeler's house, the truck could have headed straight into a bedroom and ensuite.

"It could have been very nasty, it would have gone into the main part of the house . . . it would have caused significant damage," she said.

Plumbing Services declined to comment while the matter was being investigated by insurance assessors.

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- The Dominion Post


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