Double truck crash near Tekapo; severe ice closes highway

A truck crashed into the trailer of another truck that had tipped in icy conditions near Tekapo early today, closing a highway for several hours.

Police said the truck and trailer tipped on State Highway 8 near the Tekapo-Pukaki canal crossing at 12.10am.

A short time later a second truck crashed into the tipped trailer.

One person sustained minor injuries. 

The highway was closed for several hours before one lane reopened for a time. However, in an update just before 9am Waka Kotahi advised that owing to "severe ice conditions, State Highway 8 is closed between Twizel and Lake Tekapo. Avoid the area or delays your journey if possible". 

Temperatures in that part of the country were down as low as -10degC this morning. 

 

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