A truck driver attempting to perform a four-point turn
brought down powerlines in Hawkes Bay and ending up trapped
inside the cab until the power could be isolated.
Police said the truck reversed into the Bay View powerpole,
bringing the lines down around the cab on Buchanan St, about
A Unison faultman said the truck had attempted to perform a
four-point turn before colliding with the pole.
Police said the driver was unharmed but was forced to remain
in the cab until Unison workers cut the power.
Unison customer-relations officer Danny Gough said nine
customers lost power in the incident from 4pm to 6pm before
the lines were repaired and electricity restored.
Later in the night, 280 Napier Unison customers lost power
after an underground power cable "terminated".
Mr Gough said the homes and businesses lost power about
7.25pm before Unison workers restored electricity to all but
10 customers still without power at 8.30pm.
Also late yesterday afternoon, a crash near Hastings left
traffic backed up along a main arterial route during rush
The two-car collision blocked Pakowhai Rd, between Evenden
and Richmond roads, about 5.30pm before emergency services
cleared the wreckage from the road. No one was injured in the
- By Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today