This evening’s serious incident that stopped State Highway 1 near Taiki is being attended to by emergency personnel. According to Waka Kotahi NZTA, SH1 was closed close to Forrest Lakes Rd. intersection. At 6.19 p.m., Fire and Emergency NZ received a call and dispatched two crews. The transportation company advised drivers to avoid the region or postpone their trip. Following reports of the collision, Waka Kotahi advised drivers to expect delays and use caution while driving.
It comes after a number of collisions today, including one that occurred earlier today in Canterbury close to Mount Hutt and claimed one life. Around 2:00 PM, emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the collision at Arundel Rakaia Gorge Rd and the intersection. There are still open inquiries concerning the crash.
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A second car was said to have come off Remutaka Hill and into a bank on the side of the road. According to a police official, the driver in this collision “hasn’t received any injuries that are life-threatening.” When a car struck a power pole close to Balclutha, emergency services were called to the scene. Police were alerted to reports of the collision in Stirling Rd, Balclutha, at about 6.05 p.m., according to a police spokeswoman.
She claimed that one passenger, who looked to be the only occupant of the car, had suffered terrible wounds. One individual has been transported by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital, according to a St. John spokeswoman. There had been a critical crash unit alert.
‘Death trap’ section of State Highway 1 reopened after crash near Karapiro
After yet another collision this afternoon on a notorious section of road close to Karapiro, State Highway 1-Tirau Rd has reopened. The two vehicles collided about two in the afternoon south of Cambridge, close to the SH1 and Kentucky Rd intersection. According to The Herald, one individual was critically hurt. After claiming a life earlier this month, only weeks after two other individuals died in an accident involving an ambulance, the portion of the road has previously been referred to as a “death trap.”
Both lanes of SH1 were closed, according to a reporter, and traffic was backed up into Tirau at 5.30 p.m. The state highway was shut down between SH29 and Karapiro Rd, according to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Karapiro Rd. motorists were urged to use other routes. The terrible accident that occurred earlier on October 5 underlined the necessity for road officials to take “rapid action,” according to Waipa’s deputy mayor Liz Stolwyk. However, another local claimed that the major route was unsafe due to its state and the volume of traffic.
FINAL UPDATE 7:15PM
SH1 is now OPEN following this afternoons serious crash. Please continue to expect DELAYS in the area and pass with care. Thank you for your ongoing patience today. Drive safe. ^CS https://t.co/REbTjhmbUB
— Waka Kotahi NZTA Waikato/BoP (@WakaKotahiWaiBP) November 18, 2022
Stolwyk expressed her condolences to the crash victim’s family and described the occurrence as extremely alarming. It’s probably accurate to say that we have been lobbying Waka Kotahi as a council for a number of years since there is no doubt that this specific section of road is truly generating a great deal of stress for the residents of our community.
We need prompt action from Waka Kotahi as soon as possible because the number of events and accidents there that have resulted in fatalities is just increasing. Last month, a head-on collision between a car and an ambulance on the same stretch resulted in the deaths of two individuals. Don Good, the chief executive of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, previously told the Herald that “an intolerable amount of lives” had been lost on the section of road.
Road users, neighborhood residents, and chambers have pleaded for swift action to put the proper safety measures in place but have received no response. The road between Cambridge and Piarere is receiving significant safety enhancements, according to Dave Van Standen, director of the Waka Kotahi speed and infrastructure program. Van Standen reported that median barriers had already been built along numerous kilometers, including a 2.4-kilometer piece south of Ferguson Gully that had been struck 40 times since it was put in place in 2020.
That is 40 events that may have led to serious head-on collisions. During the building season that goes from 2022 to 2023 and ends in April, a little more than 4 km of the median barrier was planned to be built nearby.