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Cut from his cab after truck flips

Two separate log truck crashes on state highways.

A log truck driver was admitted to Gisborne Hospital with multiple injuries yesterday morning after his rig rolled just north of Tolaga Bay.

He had to be cut from the cab of his mangled vehicle.

The truck, which was not carrying logs at the time, flipped over on State Highway 35 on a bend near Mangatuna Marae at around 9am.

Fire and Emergency NZ crews from Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay and Gisborne responded, along with police, St John Ambulance and the Trust Tarawhiti Rescue Helicopter.

“Our crew were the first medical staff on scene and found the 44-year-old driver still inside the truck with multiple system injuries,” A Tairawhiti rescue helicopter spokesman said.

“He was being cared for by FENZ personnel and police.

“Our intensive care paramedic assessed him and established what his injuries were.

“Approximately 20 minutes later, the driver was removed from the truck, further assessed, treated and stabilised, then flown to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.”

The injured man had surgery yesterday afternoon and the hospital this morning reported he was in a stable condition.

“The driver was trapped in his cab, which had suffered extensive damage,” said Senior Station Officer Ed Hindmarsh of FENZ in Gisborne.

“The vehicle was on its side on the roadway.

“Firefighters from the Tolaga Bay volunteer brigade used hydraulic extrication equipment to cut into the cab to free him.”

The chopper spokesman said the job was an example of multiple emergency agencies coming together for a common cause.

“A huge thank you to the FENZ personnel, police and St John, whose help was greatly appreciated.”

The Coast highway was closed until early yesterday afternoon, with a diversion in place along Paroa Road.

Gisborne Hi-abs was called in to recover the extensively damaged rig and it was brought to Gisborne.

Police will conduct an inquiry into the crash and the vehicle will be examined as part of that serious crash investigation.

Meanwhile, the driver of another log truck escaped injury yesterday afternoon when the trailer on his rig tipped over on State Highway 2 at Muriwai at around 3,20pm.

Police said the truck stayed on its wheels but the load spilled as it rolled.

“One lane of the highway was blocked for a time by the spilled logs.”

MULTIPLE INJURIES: The 44-year-old driver of this log truck suffered multiple serious injuries yesterday morning when his vehicle rolled on a bend near the Mangatuna Marae north of Tolaga Bay on State Highway 35. He is in a stable condition in Gisborne Hospital. The driver was airlifted to hospital by the Trust Tairawhiti Rescue Helicopter, pictured leaving the accident scene. Pictures by Liam Clayton
AIRLIFTED: The driver of this mangled log truck was airlifted to hospital by the Trust Tairawhiti Rescue Helicopter yesterday morning with serious injuries after his rig rolled on SH35 north of Tolaga Bay.
SECOND TRUCK CRASH: In a second log truck crash yesterday, the trailer on a loaded truck tipped over at Muriwai, spilling its load. The driver was not hurt. The highway was down to one lane for a while until the crash scene was cleared. Pictures by Liam Clayton

  1. William Arthur Frederick Rangiwai, Auckland says:

    Yet again another logging truck rolls. How many loggers have to roll like this?

  2. Jemma Harrison says:

    Amazing how there are always write-ups about truck crashes, whether they be loggers or line haulers, but never anything about the idiot car drivers and 20-plus car crashes you see every week.
    People out there, put yourselves in the truck drivers’ shoes and see what their jobs are like. Consider also the number of corner-cutting car drivers’ lives they save every day. Nga mihi