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Truck carrying wind turbine blade crashes

A worker has escaped injury after a truck carrying a 49-metre long blade for a new wind farm crashed.

The man was sat on a section of the truck’s trailer known as the “dolly” when the crash occurred about 9am on State Highway 23, between Hamilton and Raglan.

The crash, which left the small trailer unit controlling the rear of the load lying in a ditch, looked to be the result of emergency braking.

The road was closed while a second truck pulled the trailer back on to the road.

Meridian Energy spokeswoman Claire Shaw said they were still trying to work out what caused the crash.

“The Police Heavy Vehicle Investigation Unit is at the scene working through a process to ascertain exactly what happened and is also conducting safety checks on the vehicle, as per standard practice,“ she said.

She said the company was pleased no one was injured.

They were inspecting the truck, trailer and 49-metre-long, 10 tonne blade, but it appeared so far that none of the equipment was damaged.

She said the truck driver would go back to work, but the worker who was on the dolly would be taken back to Auckland to recover from the shock.

“He is in good health, but someone else will come in to take his place,” she said.

Shaw said it was the 54th blade that had been transported from Auckland to the new wind farm at Te Uku, near Raglan.

“The previous 53 have made it to site safely without incident. This has been a well-planned operation.

“We have a total of 84 blades to go to site and will make a decision as to whether the daily transport schedule will resume tomorrow or later today.”