No injuries in truck crash

Two men trapped in a light truck after it rolled inland from Oamaru yesterday had to kick their way out of the vehicle.

Police and appliances from the Weston and Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigades were called to the scene of the single-vehicle crash in Homestead Rd at Weston near the intersection with Jessicas Lane, a private road, about 9.15am.

Senior Constable Stuart Dowling, of Oamaru, said the crash occurred when the southbound truck, towing a flatbed trailer, approached a narrow one-lane bridge and its driver slammed on its brakes to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle.

Firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Homestead Rd, at Weston, inland from Oamaru yesterday. Photo: Daniel Birchfield
Firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Homestead Rd, at Weston, inland from Oamaru yesterday. Photo: Daniel Birchfield
The trailer jack-knifed and the truck veered off the road, before it struck a barrier on the bridge and came to rest on its side in a ditch.

The men could not get out of the truck via either door so kicked out the windscreen to free themselves, Snr Const Dowling said.

Neither man was injured.

The truck had significant damage, and the bridge barrier minor damage.

One lane was partly blocked for about 20 minutes.

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