Crash between logging truck and ute

Drivers manage to walk away from crash

Last updated 18:22 24/07/2013
Emma Allen

Lucky escape: The driver of this ute suffered moderate head injuries after the vehicle collided with a logging truck near Renwick

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A 58-year-old man was able to walk away after a fully loaded logging truck ploughed into the ute he was driving near Renwick, in Marlborough, today.

The accident happened about 3.45pm at the intersection of Rapaura Rd and State Highway 6.

Police said it appeared the man pulled out from Rapaura Rd to turn right on to SH6 into the path of the logging truck driving towards Renwick.

After the collision, the driver of the Waimea Contract Carriers logging truck veered to the right of SH6, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with an oncoming truck.

Constable Tamati Te-Tua, of Blenheim, said witnesses saw the ute stop at the intersection, but then pull out in front of the truck. 

The truck driver hit the brakes but smashed into the front of the ute.

St John operations team manager Rebecca Lee said the 58-year-old man in the ute managed to get out and walk from the ute but was taken by ambulance to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, with moderate face, head and chest injuries. 

The truck driver was not injured and there were no passengers in either vehicle. 

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