Crash on icy bridge

Last updated 05:00 13/09/2012

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Two people were taken to hospital after a car collision in icy conditions on the Normanby overbridge early yesterday morning.

Sergeant Sandy Shaw said that a car heading north over the bridge spun on the ice, hit the side of the bridge and bounced back into an oncoming car.

The crash happened about 5.50am and the bridge was closed for 45 minutes.

A 37-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were transferred to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate injuries.

Ms Shaw said traffic was diverted down nearby Wallscourt Pl.

Hawera Volunteer Fire Brigade washed down oil and ice on the bridge.

Grit was placed on the road and a temporary 30kmh speed limit was imposed.

It is the second crash in the area of the bridge since the New Zealand Transport Agency gave money to New Plymouth's Waiwhakaiho bridge project ahead of the Normanby bridge project.

In late August, NZTA ordered the 70kmh speed restrictions signs be moved from Normanby township to the other side of the bridge, cutting down the 100kmh approach.

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