10 crashes in 15 hours: Police

Watch your speed, lengthen your following distances and don’t treat speed limits as targets.

In the space of 15 hours, Waikato Police have attended 10 accidents across the district, including several weather related crashes this morning.

Road Policing Manager Inspector Freda Grace says the 10 crashes took place between 4.30pm yesterday to 7.30am today, with the two biggest incidents involving trucks.

The district’s emergency services are currently working to recover a truck and trailer unit that crashed, closing State Highway 25 between Waihi and Whangamata at about 6.30am.

“SH25 at this point is closed and expected to be so for some time,” says Freda. “A heavy salvage vehicle is on its way from Tauranga however the road is expected to be closed for several hours and alternative routes are via the Kopu-Hikuai Rd/SH25A.

“No one was injured in this crash however the driver has been described as being quite shaken.”

Earlier at about 6am, emergency services were called to a crash on SH39/Ormsby Rd at Puketotara, midway between Pirongia and Otorohanga.

A southbound LPG tanker left the road and ended up in ditch, part way in the southbound lne. There were no injuries suffered in the crash and no fuel was leaked.

Emergency services were also called to another vehicle crash, this time on Horsham Downs Rd north of Hamilton where a Holden Commodore crashed at about 7.05am in wet conditions.

“Fortunately there were no injuries in this crash either but oil has spilt on the road raising concerns for traction on the road and the polluting of waterways.”

Freda says though each crash was injury free, each was complex to manage in its own right and time consuming for a number of agencies working to contain and mitigate the risks.

“At this point in time, with further rain forecast can we ask people to drop their speed, turn on their lights and remember the sign of a red circle with a number in the middle is a speed limit - not a target.

“We’re asking people to drive to survive these school holidays.”


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