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Town crash like ‘war zone’

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
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GLEN MORRISSEY had his front picket fence destroyed by a truck involved in the four vehicle accident, but says it was lucky no pedestrians were seriously injured. 291051CD

A section of Alexandra Street was closed for over an hour on Thursday morning after a spectacular four vehicle accident.

A stationary truck from Te Awamutu based Agvance Marketing Ltd, waiting to turn right into Stewart and Cavalier Engineering, was forced across the road into the path of a Ken Hobbs Electrical van, also wanting to go into Stewart and Cavalier Engineering.

The Waste Management truck, which clipped the rear end of the stationary truck, came into contact with a parked vehicle before wiping out a picket fence on its destructive path across two residential properties.

Both the drivers of the van and the Agvance Marketing Ltd truck suffered concussion from the impact of the collision. The latter driver was thrown from his vehicle on impact.

Crash Scene
THIS IS where we were parked five-10 minutes ago, says Maree Anniss. 291051BD

POLICE piece together the sequence of events from the four vehicle crash on Alexandra Street. 291051AD

By Colin Thorsen

Alexandra Street resident Maree Anniss is counting her lucky stars that she was not involved in the spectacular four vehicle accident on Thursday morning.

“I’d just taken my daughter (11) and son (9) to school at Te Awamutu Primary,” says Mrs Anniss. “I couldn’t believe what I saw on my return five to 10 minutes later. A truck, taking evasive action from the two vehicle accident, ended up in our property. It came to rest metres past where my car had been stationary moments earlier with me and the children it.”

Mrs Anniss is thankful that her daughter was in a hurry to get to school.

“If we had gone at the normal time, who knows what the outcome might have been. I’m so glad we weren’t right there - it would have totalled us.”

As it is, Mrs Anniss says she is confronted every morning with a ‘suicidal mission’ getting in and out of her driveway. There are usually two or three cars banked up either side of her driveway.

“I can’t see a thing either way,” she says.

Mrs Anniss has been to both the Police and Council about the problem. The offenders parking on the yellow lines have been issued infringement tickets from time to time, but this has not solved the problem.

Hundreds of workers are using the road in the vicinity of the Dairy Factory daily. It has become a visibility issue for vehicles from the College to Factory Road. The problem has compounded since the commencement of the $94million wholemilk powder dryer project at the Dairy Factory to be commissioned in August 2006.

The Dairy Company is leasing land behind Dibble Transport for the contractors to park their vehicles but obviously not all are making use of it.