Truck smash caught on video

02:43, Jan 21 2014
Truck crash
IMPACT: A screenshot from the video of the truck crashing into the overhead lights.

A Palmerston North City Council dump truck driver caught on camera smashing a traffic light while driving with a tray up will be issued with an infringement by police.

The council are also conducting an internal investigation into the "operator error".

Craig Milverton got a front-seat view of the collision and damage, which was captured on the dash-cam on his vehicle.

In the video the truck driver in front of him approaches the intersection of Railway Rd and Tremaine Ave from the north and appears to be unaware of lifted hoist on their truck.

It collides with an overhanging traffic light, smashing it to pieces and leaving debris strewn across the intersection.

The dash-cam placed the time of the collision at 3.23pm, and the council confirmed it took place on January 15 between 3pm and 4pm.


Council human resources manager Wayne Wilson said the hoist was still fully extended because of "operator error".

The truck had dumped a load just before the incident took place, Mr Wilson said.

The footage has proved popular on social media, with the video shared more than 1000 times on Facebook by this morning.

Palmerston North Senior Constable Grant Taylor of the commercial investigation unit said police were notified of the incident by a member of the public and responded shortly after it happened.

"The Police Commercial Investigation Unit inspected the truck and found that it was breaching road rules by driving with its tray up," Taylor said.

"Police are in the process of issuing the driver with an infringement for operating an over-height vehicle causing damage."

Milverton did not immediately respond to Fairfax Media requests for comment.

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