SH36 still closed after fatal crash

State Highway 36 will remain closed today while police clear the scene of a fatal crash involving a truck and trailer unit on Monday afternoon. Photo: Andrew Campbell.

Police say State Highway 36 will remain closed today following the fatal crash between Pyes Pa Road and Te Matai Road on Monday afternoon.

A 63-year-old Rotorua man was killed when his truck and trailer unit went down a bank in the Mangorewa Gorge on SH36, which is also known as the Tauranga Direct Road.

“The road is expected to be closed for most of the day to enable the truck and trailer unit, along with the hazardous substances the truck was carrying, to be removed from the crash site,” says a police spokesperson.

Diversions will remain in place at the north end of Pyes Pa Road near Te Matai Road, and at the south end of Pyes Pa Road near Dudley Road.

The truck and trailer unit had been transporting a load of hazardous substances, some of which spilled into the gorge, and due to nature of the substances, a 250m exclusion zone was established around the crash site.

Speaking to SunLive on Monday, the Rotorua Distict command Centre confirmed no other vehicles were involved in the fatal crash which left the highway closed overnight.

The Serious Crash Unit investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing.


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