Eight horses were unscathed after a truck rolled down a bank on State Highway 3 in North Taranaki yesterday.
Constable Rhys Connell, Waitara, said the truck, with eight horses on board, was travelling north to a stud in Matamata.
"The good news is all eight horses got out OK," he said.
"A couple of them were heavily pregnant and heading north to foal."
The truck went off the road shortly before Tongaporutu, rolled down a bank, hit a tree and ended up in a drain.
"A few locals from Tongaporutu and Awakino helped get all the horses out safely so that was a good effort," Mr Connell said.
"The driver of the truck was taken to hospital where he was apparently having surgery on his leg."
Emergency services attended the crash near the intersection of SH3 and Hills Rd at Tongaporutu about 2.30pm.
The Urenui fire brigade extracted the driver from the truck and St John ambulance took him to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate leg injuries.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
SH3 was closed for about 20 minutes while cranes took several hours to get the truck out of the drain, Mr Connell said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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