Summerland truck rolls in Central Otago

Photo: Sean Nugent
Photo: Sean Nugent
A driver for truck company Summerland has suffered moderate injuries after his truck rolled in Central Otago early this morning.

Police say the B train truck rolled at the bottom of Cluden Hill on the Lindis Pass-Taras Road (State Highway 8) at 5.20am.

The man had moderate injuries but was not trapped in the cab.

The driver was taken to Dunstan Hospital by St John ambulance.

A spokesman from Fire and Emergency New Zealand said three crews from Cromwell, Tarras and Luggate attended.

The road was cleared by 6.20am.

Photo: Sean Nugent
Photo: Sean Nugent

The truck was a Summerland vehicle and comes after the transport company has come under scrutiny for a number of incidents since December 2017 when a Summerland truck-and-trailer unit lost control at the bottom of Pine Hill Rd before rolling on to its side and coming to a halt near the Dunedin Botanic Garden.

It was fined over that crash.

Since then there have been a number of other incidents, including a truck carrying dangerous goods running off SH8 in January leaving the driver with moderate injuries.

In February a truck-and-trailer unit carrying tins of milk powder caught fire in South Canterbury. The trailer was completely destroyed, but the driver managed to save the truck. 



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