SH5 Whakarewarewa reopens after truck crash

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UPDATED 5.30pm: State Highway 5 in Whakarewarewa has reopened after a crane was brought in to right a truck that crashed earlier today.

SH5 approximately 1.5 km south of Rotorua, was closed from 11am for the crane to remove the truck and trailer unit.

Police were called to the crash at 7.20am this morning, says a police spokesperson.

“It appears they've gone into a ditch and possibly rolled the vehicle.”

EARLIER 10.50 am: State Highway 5 in Whakarewarewa will be closed today due to a truck crash.

SH5 approximately 1.5 km south of Rotorua, will be closed from 11am until at least 6pm this evening, says a police spokesperson.

Detours will be in place but motorists are advised to expect significant delays.

The road closure is to allow a crane to remove a truck and trailer following a crash earlier this morning.

Standard vehicles travelling north into Rotorua from SH5 should head west onto Waikite Valley Road into Whirinaki Valley Road North onto SH30.

Vehicles travelling southbound should go from SH30, to Whirinaki Valley Road North and then onto Waikite Valley Road.

Trucks and heavy vehicles need to travel the main routes of SH5, SH1 and SH 30 as the above detours are unsuitable for heavy vehicles.

EARLIER: State Highway 5 in Whakarewarewa will be closed this morning due to a truck crash.

Waka Kotahai NZ Transport Agency is reporting because of a crash south of Waipa State Mill Road, SH5 will be closed for vehicle recovery from 11am for approximately 4 to 5 hours.

Police were called to reports a truck had crashed on SH5 in Whakarewarewa at 7.18am this morning, says a police spokesperson.

“It appears they've gone into a ditch and possibly rolled the vehicle.”

NZTA is advising the following diversions for light vehicles use SH30, Whirinaki Valley Road, Waikite Valley Road, SH5.

For heavy vehicles use SH30, SH1 and SH5.

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