Thursday, August 15, 2013

Runaway trailer leaves road worker critical - TVNZ

Published: 5:31AM Friday August 16, 2013 Source: Fairfax

It was a bad case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time for a Christchurch road worker struck by a runaway trailer.

The flatdeck trailer became detached from a ute on West Coast Rd, State Highway 73 near Christchurch Men's Prison, about 9.15am yesterday.

The injured man's workmates saw it coming and ran to safety, but he was not so lucky. He was struck by the trailer and was in a critical condition last night in Christchurch Hospital.

Sergeant Clem Edmonds said the man may not have even seen the trailer.

"There were other workmen there who happened to spot it coming and got out of the way," he said.

The trailer, laden with steel frames, struck a parked truck before colliding with another parked vehicle.

The man was by, or in, one of the work vehicles at the time, Edmonds said.

Edmonds said the man was well off the road and the trailer travelled "quite a distance".

Police were investigating how the trailer became detached from the ute.

"As to why it uncoupled we're unsure. There are all sorts of things we need to consider," Edmonds said.

However, speed had been ruled out as a factor, he said.

A following motorist had confirmed the vehicle was travelling the maximum permitted towing speed of 90km/h. The speed limit on the road was 100km/h.

A Fulton Hogan spokeswoman confirmed the injured man was an employee of the company, but it could not yet provide any more information.

"Our key focus is assisting the injured employee and his family," she said.

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