No place to park a logging truck
A truck driver who swerved across the road and crashed into a fence in Stratford yesterday had previously been suspended from driving because of a medical condition, police say.
The 37-year-old driver of the south-bound empty logging truck lost control and crossed the north-bound lane, on SH3 near the Northern Dairy, and mounted the footpath before crashing into a hedge and coming to rest atop of a fence about 10.30am.
He was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital by a St John ambulance.
Senior Constable Kerry Lane said police were investigating the possibility the driver had suffered a medical problem, which caused the crash.
"There has been a previous medical condition, which subsequently he was cleared of to drive again," Mr Lane said.
He said when a driver suffered from a medical condition their licence was suspended and they had to go through rigorous checks before getting back behind the wheel.
"He's been all through that and he was cleared."
Mr Lane said the driver had been back at work for about 18 months.
The truck's owners, McCarthy Transport, Whanganui, did not return calls from the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.
Home owner Phyllis Cornwall didn't think much of having a logging truck as a garden ornament.
"I don't really think I like the look of it," Mrs Cornwell said. "Definitely not, trucks are not my thing."
Mrs Cornwall was reading when the crash happened and was surprised to find a truck parked on top of her fence.
"I heard a lot of noise and I looked out and here it was coming up into my garden. What a shock," she said.
Her first thoughts were for the truck driver who had to be helped out of the cab by emergency services.
Senior Constable Keith Bromley said the police commercial vehicle investigation unit would be looking into the crash.
"We believe that the truck went between two cars travelling in the opposite direction," he said.
"It is very fortunate that there was no pedestrians on the footpath at the time and there was enough room between the vehicles travelling in the opposite direction."
Mr Bromley, who marked 40 years service with the Ministry of Transport and police yesterday, said the crash was unusual and what kept his job interesting.
Taranaki Daily News