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Porirua man killed when truck crashes into stream on Desert Road

News from NZ Police
A Porirua man has been named as the driver who was killed when his truck crashed into the Waihohonu Stream from State Highway One on the Desert Road yesterday morning.

He was 51-year-old Dave Budge from Porirua, who was known to friends and family as Budgie.

State Highway One was re-opened shortly before 9pm last night following a significant search and recovery operation.

The truck will be examined over the coming days and an investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Waikato Regional Council staff last night left the scene of the truck crash on State Highway One between Waiouru and Turangi after satisfying themselves that contractors had the clean up under control. “We will continue to monitor the situation at that accident scene to satisfy ourselves that there will be no ongoing environmental problems,” said Mr Dragten.

News from NZ Police – November 8 at 10am
Police are urging motorists to avoid SH1 in the Tongariro National Park. The Desert Road remains closed following a serious crash early this morning and will remain closed for some considerable time.

Diversions have been put in place and motorists need to consider that these diversions will add time to their journeys.

Police are working closely with the Fire Service at the scene. Safety to the personnel working at the scene, and to the wider public, is paramount.

The driver of the truck involved in this crash is yet to be located.

And at 5.36am
Police, Fire and Ambulance services are at the scene of a serious crash on SH1 Tongariro National Park. At 04.22 this morning Police were notified that a truck was lying partially submerged in the Waihohonu Stream approximately one kilometre north of the Rangipo Intake Road between Waiouru and Turangi.

The whereabouts of the truck driver or any other occupants is unknown and Police have concerns for their safety.

Police advise (0545) that SH1 is now closed between Waiouru and Turangi. A diversion route is available on SH46