Man dies in violent collision with truck and trailer

18:27, Feb 13 2014
Egmont Rd
CRASH INSPECTION: A policeman inspects the car in which a 63-year-old man was killed after a collision in Egmont Rd.

A man died when his car and a truck collided on Egmont Rd, New Plymouth, yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Egmont and Bishop roads about 7.20am where a heavy truck and trailer, car and motorcycle had crashed.

Bruce Atkin, 63, a Canadian living in New Plymouth, was the driver of the car and died at the scene.

Sergeant George White said it appeared the car had pulled out of Bishop Rd in front of the truck.

The truck attempted to stop but was too close and jack-knifed, colliding with the car, he said.

The motorcyclist was travelling down Egmont Rd and lay his bike down and skidded on the road before hitting the grass verge to avoid the crash.

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The road was blocked and south-bound traffic was diverted to Katere Rd and north-bound to Dorset Rd.

The truck belonged to Whitaker Civil Engineering Ltd and yesterday managing director Chris Whitaker said it was a horrible event and the company would be launching its own investigation.

He said the truck driver had been sent home and was getting counselling and support.

The Serious Crash Unit from Palmerston North is investigating and Mr Atkin's death will be referred to the coroner.

Taranaki Daily News