Truck slams through Eyre River bridge barrier in Oxford, North Canterbury

A truck driver was moderately injured after crashing through a bridge barrier and onto a riverbed near Oxford on Tuesday.
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A truck driver was moderately injured after crashing through a bridge barrier and onto a riverbed near Oxford on Tuesday.

A truck has slammed through the railing of a North Canterbury bridge and crashed onto the riverbed below.

Sergeant Colin Stewart said the crash happened on the Depot Rd bridge at Oxford, shortly before 5.40pm on Tuesday.

A truck was heading south over the Eyre River when it veered and took out 20 metres of railing before plummeting over the edge.

A truck ended up on the riverbed of the Eyre River after smashing through the railings on Tuesday evening.
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A truck ended up on the riverbed of the Eyre River after smashing through the railings on Tuesday evening.

Stewart said the truck was the only vehicle involved and the driver was the only occupant.

A St John spokesman said one man was taken to Christchurch Hospital's emergency department with moderate injuries.

Diversions were in place and likely to continue throughout the evening as the bridge was "extensively damaged", Stewart said.

"[The road's] going to be shut for a number of hours and possibly the night.

"We're currently speaking with witnesses . . . Our first focus is to ensure the public aren't inconvenienced and take the proper diversions."

Commuters should use South Eyre Rd and Poyntzs Rd while Depot Rd remained closed, Stewart said.

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