A bridge too low

Last updated 11:42 12/02/2014
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RACHEL ASKEW/Fairfax NZ
The scene of a multiple crash underneath the railway bridge on the Kaitangata-Stirling highway last night.

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Police say said initial indications are that the driver of a two-trailer stock truck that struck a bridge last night misjudged the height of the bridge.

Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnisson said the driver, heading towards Kaitangata, misjudged the height of the bridge and struck its arch.

The impact damaged the front trailer crate which resulted in the second trailer crate being shorn off the truck, Mr Dinnisson said. It was extensively damaged. There was no stock on board.

A car travelling behind the truck was unable to avoid hitting the wreckage, he said. The driver and a child were taken to Clutha Health First for a routine checkup.

A third vehicle coming from the other direction was also unable to avoid the wreck and sustained minor damage.

Its two occupants and two dogs inside managed to escape unscathed.

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