Wellington Scoop

Misled by GPS: over-length truck blocks Paekakariki Hill Road

A B-Train in Australia – no wonder it had trouble on the Paekak Hill

News from NZ Police
The Paekakariki Hill Road was closed to traffic in both directions this afternoon when an articulated truck known as a B Train became wedged on a bend in the road after following GPS instructions that led the driver to Paekakariki Hill Road, which is unsuitable for a vehicle of that size.

It was an hour or more before the road was reopened to traffic again.

Later in the day, Constable Scott Walker of Kapiti told the DomPost that the driver was arrested during the incident for driving while disqualified . He said the truck became jammed under a tree about 500m below the summit.

Wikipedia: A B-Train (as related to the road transport or trucking industry) consists of two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel, and can be up to 26 m (85ft) long.

Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz
Original url


  1. Daniel, 14. January 2013, 12:06

    Here is a stunning situation of someone who traveled half Europe for an hour driving:

  2. John Clarke, 14. January 2013, 13:49

    So if all these roads are being built to improve economic efficiency and produce faster trips for road users, how come the truck drivers who regularly crash and block the roads for everyone else don’t have to compensate the rest of us for our lost economic output?