A young boy was aboard a heavy haulage truck involved in a
horrific early-morning smash with a light truck, in which the
driver died instantly.
Northern Rural Haulage owner Doug Wilson was amazed the
contractor driver and his youngest son - who were travelling
south in a tipper truck - walked away from the crash with
cuts and scratches.
Last night the father and son were understood to be
recuperating at home after the smash that happened early on
in a normal Saturday shift.
Wilson said the tipper and a fruit and vegetable van heading
north crashed head-on.
Driver dies when van hits truck 1 He said the driver told him
the light truck crossed the centre line and drove into the
path of the 11-tonne vehicle on State Highway 1, about 30km
south of Whangarei, Northland.
"I was at the site and it was a real mess," Wilson said. "It
looked like it was a head-on smash on a stretch of open road.
"My driver and his son, who is only 12 or 13, were in a state
of absolute shock but they had a very lucky escape to have
come away from that mess alive.
"The tipper is a robust truck and the other vehicle was like
a wee van by comparison."
Wilson said his driver is a local family man in his 40s, from
The fruit and vegetable truck - which was destroyed by the
impact - had come from Auckland.
"It was not a nice sight at all and what happened to the
other driver is very sad. I am just so relieved my worker and
his kid are all right. If they had not been in the tipper, I
shudder to think what could have happened to them both."
Police said the circumstances of the crash were still being
SH1 was blocked and diversions were in place for the
Traffic was diverted through Paparoa to Maungaturoto, via
SH12, before returning to SH1 just south of the Brynderwyn
- By Russell Blackstock of the Herald on Sunday