Van crash delays commuters
Commuters faced delays of up to an hour after a crash on the outskirts of Palmerston North brought traffic to a standstill during peak hour last night.
A van rolled onto its roof on Napier Rd in Whakarongo just after 5.30pm, blocking the road in both directions.
Aleisha Rutherford said her normal 15-minute journey from Palmerston North to Ashhurst took over an hour, with diversions put in place around Whakarongo.
"I came out there about 5.30pm and there was about a dozen cars in front of me and a dozen behind," she said.
"After about 20 minutes the police told us to do a U-turn and go up through Whakarongo if we wanted to get to Ashhurst."
Mrs Rutherford said there were police all around the accident and she couldn't see the upturned van.
She had heard another concerned driver ask a police officer what happened.
"The officer said the trailer on the van fish-tailed causing the accident," she said.
Police Central Communications shift inspector Meredith Cole said traffic was controlled in the area while the van was removed.
No-one was injured in the crash.
It was unclear how the accident happened or how many people were in the van, she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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