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Two-hour delay at least at Manakau truck crash scene

Monday, February 05, 2018

Update: 12:10PM NEW Zealand: POLICE and emergency services are still at the scene of a crash between a truck and trailer and a car on State Highway 1 near Levin that happened just before 8am today.

The truck is still stuck partially hanging over the rail bridge and a heavy haulage tow has just arrived at the scene.

One lane is totally blocked on the bridge and the other lane is partially blocked.

New Zealand Police said the driver of the South-bound car had been airlifted to Palmerston North hospital in a critical condition.

Police said preliminary indications showed that a North-bound truck and trailer unit collided with the South-bound car on the rail overbridge at Ohau.

Motorists are advised that there are no detours, so traffic near the scene will have a two or more hour wait for emergency services to clear the scene.

"There is no alternative route and Police are aware that there is a tail North-bound stretching to Ohau and the South-bound stream of cars is backed up to Otaki at least," the NZPF said.

"Police urge drivers to be patient, or avoid the scene altogether while the road is being cleared. We will update media when the road is opened."

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