The driver of a truck that flipped while carrying a 32-tonne rock crusher says he narrowly avoided being crushed himself.
The 48-year-old had to crawl from the crumpled cab of his truck through the back window, after it rolled on to its roof near Tinui, in Wairarapa, on Tuesday afternoon.
A 140-tonne crane had to be called in to lift the massive crushing machine yesterday, with four other vehicles needed to pull the truck and trailer clear.
"I just remember turning upside down and that was about it," said the Palmerston North man, who did not want to be named. "And then there was just grass and dirt and s... everywhere."
The impact folded up the cab, leaving just a narrow section uncrushed.
"I was in a bit of shock when I couldn't get my legs out," he said. "I had to grab my jeans to pull my legs out from under the dash. There wasn't a lot of room but I must have kind of got thrown between the two seats when it went over."
He managed to crawl out the back window and into a paddock. He suffered only bruising.
He said his first thoughts were not for himself but for his job. "I pretty much thought, ‘What a waste of a truck, I'm going to get killed by the bosses.' "
A spokesman for PTS Logistics said the driver had been given time off to recover, but was expected back at work in a few days. "He's a bit shaken up."
A section of the Masterton-Castlepoint Rd was closed for several hours yesterday while the wreckage was removed. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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