Karangahake Gorge closed again tonight

The truck was removed on Friday. Supplied photo.

State Highway Two through Karangahake Gorge will be closed for a short time tonight to complete the removal of the truck and trailer unit that crashed through a safety barrier and fell into the gorge early on Friday morning.

The vehicle left the road between Waikino and Karangahake and fell eight-to-10 metres down into the river.

The removal of the truck and its contents was carried out over Friday.

The contents of the trailer were removed on Saturday and the trailer unit itself will be craned out under a full road closure from 8pm to 11pm tonight.         

Waikato Transport Systems Manager Karen Boyt says the removal has been scheduled at a time when there are fewer cars on the road to minimise disruption to road users as much as possible.

“People should delay their travel if they can or use an alternative route between 8pm and 11pm tonight while the trailer is removed.”

Road users can get information by checking: www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic, by calling: 0800 444 449 or following the Transport Agency on Facebook or Twitter.

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