Opiki crash diverts traffic

SCENE: Firefighters at the scene of this morning's crash.
SCENE: Firefighters at the scene of this morning's crash.

Police say speed and wet roads were factors in a crash which saw a female driver of a ute spin out into a three metre high ditch filled with water.

Shannon Police Constable Jarrod Ranish said a white ute heading north was overtaking another vehicle along SH 56 south of Opiki School around 7.30am

At the same time a truck travelling the opposite direction was passing a tractor.

The female driver of the ute lost control and spun out to avoid the tractor.

Ranish said the ute crashed into a three metre high ditch with water in the bottom but then 'bounced out' again.

The driver was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

The truck driver was not involved in the crash. 

Ranish said speed and wet road conditions were factors in the crash.

Traffic was diverted for almost an hour and access to Opiki School was affected.

Manawatu Standard