Truck narrowly misses Whangarei man after hitting bridge


A truck which hit a rail bridge in Whangarei and rolled on to its aspect narrowly missed a man ready to cross the street.

Kevin Middleton was standing on the street close to the bottom of the bridge on Rust Ave when he noticed the truck hit the bridge about 11am on Saturday.

“It dropped right down in front of me.”

“Just that extra foot and a half and I’d have been squashed. I’d have been killed. It was my lucky day.”

Mr Middleton stated the PBT truck had turned proper out of the Forum North carpark in direction of the city centre. The prime left hand aspect of the truck clipped the bridge and the truck rolled on to the incorrect aspect of the street in direction of him and a parked automotive.

- Truck narrowly misses Whangarei man after hitting bridge

A crane was introduced in to carry the truck again onto its wheels earlier than it was towed away. Photo/Supplied

He stated after a quick second the place he could not fairly consider what had occurred “reality kicked back in” and he went to test on the truck driver.

Mr Middleton stated the motive force, who was sporting his seatbelt, was badly shaken however not injured.

He stated different folks additionally got here to test on the motive force and one man was lifted on to the aspect of the truck to open the passenger door and assist the motive force out.

“It was a lucky day with no people and no traffic coming. Nobody would have stood a chance.”

Mr Middleton stated a crane was introduced it to carry the truck again on to its wheels.

“The biggest damage was getting it upright.”

He stated initially the crane dragged the truck out from the bridge, earlier than righting it.

Mr Middleton stated a van parked close by needed to be moved out of the way in which with a purpose to proper the truck.

He stated there was “no great big mess” and just one merchandise fell out of the curtain-sider throughout the ordeal.

The truck was towed away on a “very large tow truck”.

Mr Middleton stated he’s uncertain whether or not the motive force would have seen the peak clearance signal as he turned out of the carpark. He thought the flashing signal ought to be angled in order that autos leaving the carpark might see it simply.

Police stated the angle of the bridge and the angle the man hit it probably triggered him to tip over.

Police stated the motive force might face expenses.

The street was closed for round an hour and a half whereas the crane righted the truck.

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