Chch today: logging truck rolls

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 07:54 03/03/2014
State Highway 6 crash
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A driver has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after this logging truck rolled on State Highway 6.
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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.

WEATHER

More showers are in store for Christchurch today, with Metservice forecasting a chance of hail and a high of 15 degrees Celsius.

The rain is set to continue tomorrow, along with strong southwesterlies and a high of 14C. 

The wet weather is expected to ease on Wednesday, while cloudy periods and a high of 21C are forecast for Thursday.

The end of the working week is expected to be partly cloudy, with light winds and a high of 18C. 

TRAFFIC

Motorists can expect delays on State Highway 6 after a logging truck rolled near Nelson.

The crash happened about 35km south-west of Nelson, near Wakefield, just after 5am today.

A Fire Service spokesman said the driver had to be extracated from the truck's cab by firefighters. 

The driver was then taken to Nelson Hospital.

A Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesperson said the driver sustained serious injuries.

The NZ Transport Agency said motorists should expect delays as the crashed truck had partially blocked the road at the top of Fox Hill.

A stop-go system is in place until further notice.

A police southern communications spokesman said poor weather conditions in the South Island had not caused any other traffic issues so far this morning. 

However, motorists are advised to take care, particularly on the Milford Rd. 

Metservice issued a road snowfall warning for the popular tourist drive this morning, saying a few snow flurries were possible this morning, but the snow was not expected to collect on the road.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: The awful wooden zig-zag pedestrian bridge on Centaurus Road is downstream from this simple bridge. Why didn't the council replicate it? Ian Cumming

A: The bridge you refer to is non-compliant with new regulations and bridge design requirements. The new bridge installed by council meets current building codes, including accessible ramps and flood level requirements. Christchurch City Council

WHAT'S ON

University of Canterbury invites the public to campus for a music composition workshop with Helen Bowater, including a performance of her new work. The workshop is free and runs 3.30pm-5.30pm.

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Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre has group fitness classes all day today, including spin cycling classes at 9.30am and 5.30pm, $9.30 per class for non-members.

- The Press

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