For the second time in a week, wild winds have blown a big rig off the road in Horowhenua.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of state highways 56 and 57, north of Shannon, about 3pm today.
Police central communications shift commander inspector Marty Parker said the truck was carrying a load of metal when it was hit by a gust of wind forcing it off the road and onto its side.
The B-Train truck, which has a cab and two trailers, toppled over spilling diesel onto the road and forcing road closures for about two hours.
The driver was treated by St John staff at the scene and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital's emergency department with injuries to his chest and spine, a Central communications ambulance spokesman said.
On Thursday, another truck and trailer unit was blown off State Highway 57 near Okuku Rd, north of Shannon, due to strong winds.
Constable Matt Nieuwenhuis, from the commercial vehicle investigation unit, said the section highway is notorious for trucks having difficulty with strong winds.
It was well-known that high winds could cause trouble for truckies between Shannon and Tokomaru, he said.
''With the way the land's shaped, the wind comes off the hills and it's channelled through the gullies.''
Mr Nieuwenhuis cautioned truckies to slow down through the area when the wind was up.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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