Logging truck rolls in Awakino Gorge

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The logging truck crashed after coming off SH3 in the Awakino Gorge on Monday morning.

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The logging truck crashed after coming off SH3 in the Awakino Gorge on Monday morning.

A fully laden logging truck has overturned in the Awakino Gorge on State Highway 3, 90km north of New Plymouth.

The GJ Sole truck, which was towing two trailers, crashed through a road barrier about 9.10am on Monday and came to rest upside down, with its load of logs spilled down the bank towards the river.

A logging truck has overturned in the Awakino Gorge on SH3.

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A logging truck has overturned in the Awakino Gorge on SH3.

The driver suffered moderate injuries, police said.

Senior Constable Andrew Murphy said the southbound truck had failed to take a 45kmh left-hand bend.

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Inquiries were continuing to establish what had caused the driver to lose control, he added.

“It appears the truck has come around a sharp left-hand bend and rolled and crashed through the barrier.”

The driver was taken by ambulance to Te Kuiti Hospital.

The driver suffered moderate injuries and was taken to hospital.

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The driver suffered moderate injuries and was taken to hospital.

The police Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit will examine the vehicle.

The trucking company was responsible for removing the truck, Murphy said.

Graeme Sole said the driver, who had been with the company for quite a while, was fine and had been taken to hospital to be checked out.

Sole said you just never knew when accidents were going to happen and police were investigating the cause.

The truck was heading south on State Highway 3 when it crashed on Monday morning.

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The truck was heading south on State Highway 3 when it crashed on Monday morning.

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