Time to buy a lottery ticket


An experienced truck driver who survived a 15 metre plunge onto the Auckland motorway this morning is “scratching his head” wondering how he’s alive.

The Regal Haulage driver ran off the motorway heading into the city at Auckland’s Spaghetti Junction just before 6am, crashing through a barrier and plunging onto the Port Link section of motorway below.

He was en route to Whangarei from Hamilton when the accident happened.

Police estimated the fall was between 15 and 20 metres and said the truck was carrying more than 26 tonnes of fertiliser.

Regal Haulage driver manager Alan Pye said the driver had been with the company for a long time and estimated he’d been driving trucks for about 20 years.

The man had escaped serious injury thanks to airbags and his seat belt but Pye said he was being kept in Auckland hospital for observation because of back pain and would be meeting with a specialist.

“The main thing for us is that he’s okay,” Pye said.

“What happened, we don’t know. We need to go over that once everything is cleaned up.”

He said the drive to Whangarei was a regular run for him.

“He had stopped at the Bombays for a refreshment and had a couple of other stops on the way. He hasn’t been speeding, he’s been doing everything correctly.

“He’s good (but) he’s certainly shocked. He’s at a point where he’s happy that he’s here, as you can see it’s a fairly serious crash. He’s scratching his head.”

The driver had some memory loss and couldn’t explain why he’d come off the motorway, Pye said.

Will be interesting to see the eventual explanation.

For now, he seems to be a lucky man.   Unlike the insurance company.   Who will also be interested in an explanation, no doubt.

I suggest there are some puckered up people at Regal Haulage.


– Stuff

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