Truck spills timber load into play area

SARAH DUNN
Last updated 12:58 17/04/2014
Hoddy Estuary Park

'BOMB SITE': A truck’s load of timber demolished the front wall of a property in Wakefield’s main street yesterday.

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A truck spilled its load of timber into the front yard of a Wakefield home where children often played.

Courier driver Duncan Hughes said he was following the truck through Wakefield's main street around midday yesterday when its trailer tipped after rounding a corner.

The load of sawn timber demolished a brick and timber fence and spilled into the front yard of a property.

"She just absolutely ploughed through," Hughes said.

He said he had parked up to inspect the damage when a woman from a nearby property came out to say there had been children playing where the load landed.

A second woman said they were safely inside having lunch.

A commenter on the Nelson Mail's website said their child had been one of those being looked after by a caregiver at the property, and was playing inside because of the rain.

She said the timber "spread all throughout the area behind a wall where the children and caregiver are normally playing.

"The area was like a bomb site," she said.

Hughes said if anyone had been where the load had landed, they would have been killed.

Wakefield police senior constable Marty Tutton said an investigation was looking into speed as a factor.

Waimea Sawmill general manager Kent Gibbons said the truck was operated by one of the sawmill's main contractors.

"We're not in a position to comment.

"At the end of the day, we're not very happy about our timber being on the road either."

He said the timber had been returned to the sawmill.

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