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Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:55 PM

WooHoo Leamington is in the news

There will be parties everywhere in Leamington and Cambridge tonight :lol:

GPS following crash truckie to face charges
Last updated 17:08, October 22 2015

Waipa District Council contract engineer Eddie Shadrock inspects the damage to the Cambridge bridge.

The tanker truck driver who caused chaos on Cambridge's century-old will likely face charges, say police.

The milk tanker driver was following his GPS when he wedged his 42-tonne machine in the middle of a bridge originally designed to hold horses and carts.

The bridge is rated to a 3-tonne maximum for each vehicle.

A full laden milk tanker took out parts of the high level bridge in Cambridge.

The 51-year-old driver from Ashburton was interviewed by police but Cambridge Police Sergeant Gordon Grantham said the charges were yet to be determined.

He will be summoned to appear in court at a later date, said Grantham.

The driver was new to the area and driving a contracted tanker, fully laden with Fonterra milk product.

Victoria Street Bridge was damaged by a milk tanker.

Engineers gave the all clear for traffic to resume on the Victoria St bridge at 3pm on Thursday after a day of inspections.

Damaged railings were secured and they would be repaired over the coming weeks.

The late night ordeal which left the tanker threatening to plummet 38 metres into the Waikato River, left the driver rattled.

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Victoria Street Bridge, Cambridge, is 38 metres above the Waikato River.

"It was only a three tonne bridge so it shook him a bit," Waipa District Council contract engineer Eddie Shadrock said.

"The whole bridge could've gone. You have the river below - it's really scary."

The more than century-old Victoria St Bridge in Cambridge was closed about midnight Wednesday but was opened mid-morning to one lane for traffic coming from Leamington into the town centre.

Hamilton police Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said the man was following the GPS in his 42 tonne truck and trailer unit when he travelled onto the high-level bridge about 11.30pm. The 108-year-old bridge's maximum load weight per vehicle is three tonnes.

The full tanker heading from Tirau carrying insulated milk product went onto the curb scraping the bridge railings causing significant damage to main bridge in the Waikato town.

Waipa District Council project engineer Greg Wiechein , who was at the scene on Wednesday morning, said they would likely open the other lane when it was cleaned up, but the footpath would remain closed until it was fixed.

Wiechein said the handrail was severely damaged, parts of the rubber flashing around the base of the handrail has been ripped out and some of the fibre reinforced panels of the footpath need to be replaced.

Wiechein said the truck company's insurance would pay for the damage.

"It won't be cheap because we're going to have to get a bridge unit underneath to have a look at the damage to the footpath," he said.

"There's only one unit that can do it and they're based in Auckland."

The truck driver, from an Invercargill-based tanker company, was travelling from Tirau when he was believed to have diverted off State Highway 1, said Shadrock.

"He was going to come up Shakespeare and he got to the roundabout and couldn't negotiate it so went around the block to Cambridge," Shadrock said.

"But then he saw a sign to Te Awamutu. He followed that and once he was on the bridge he realised he shouldn't be on it, but couldn't back the truck out."

Shadrock was called about midnight and arrived to find the tanker had gone over the curb, blowing three tyres and damaging it's steering.

"He [the driver] was pretty remorseful - he had been talking to his boss as well. He was pretty worried about it."

The driver had been working for eight years and this incident shook him, Shadrock said.

He estimated the damage could cost $10,000-$12,000 to repair. The tanker company would be liable for costs.

"We won't know until the consultant gets here and checks the under-side of the bridge for any structural damage."


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The steel bridge runs 38 metres above the Waikato River. It is one of the highest steel bridges of its kind in the world, and the first hinged arched bridge to be built in Australasia.

It stretches from the residential suburb of Leamington to the central township of Cambridge, making it a busy and well walked bridge.

The bridge was originally built for horses and carts in 1907 and was later given a maximum load of three tonnes, Hamilton police Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said.

"It is really for cars only. There are signs all over the bridge with weight and height restrictions," he said.

The footpaths on both sides had recently been extended at a hefty cost for the Waipa council, O'Reilly said.

"On a bad day you can feel it moving walking across."

The tanker was taken to Hamilton for repairs.

Wiechein said the bridge would have to be closed for a full day while repairs took place, with this most likely to happen on Sunday.

He'd worked on the bridge two years ago when it underwent an upgrade.

In 2012 Thames police took a tongue-in-cheek approach to cautioning motorists on their Facebook page after several crashes caused by motorists following a mapped-out road on screen rather than the newly-built Kopu Bridge.

"To in-vehicle GPS users: if you are travelling south coming off the Kopu Bridge follow the big black tar sealed thing in front of you which is called a road.

"Don't follow the little line on your GPS which is not in the real world and will cause you to drive off the real road and crash," the Facebook post said.

"I had this project from start to finish, it's my baby," he said.

Found in Stuff/Waikato Times

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I have many issues with the way AON, Catalyst and ACC managed my 1992 lower back injury claim between 2000 and 2002.

Not only did Leanne MacDonnell & Dr Robert Percival interfere with the assessment process, they wrote lies about me in my files.