Arthur’s Pass highway reopens after second closure to recover truck on shore

The road through Arthur's Pass was closed again on Thursday as authorities worked to remove a wrecked truck, which was believed to have slid off the road in freezing conditions.

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The road through Arthur’s Pass was closed again on Thursday as authorities worked to remove a wrecked truck, which was believed to have slid off the road in freezing conditions.

Arthur’s Pass (State Highway 73), linking Canterbury and the West Coast, has reopened after a lorry, believed to have slipped off the road in freezing conditions, had to be removed.

The road was first closed between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, so the truck could be removed.

The road reopened at 3.35pm using stop/go signs with a temporary speed limit of 30km/h.

Fire crews were called to the road on the Canterbury side just past the village of Castle Hill at around 5am on Wednesday, a spokesman for Fire and Emergency New Zealand said.

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The driver of the lorry was not injured in the crash, which is believed to have taken place when the lorry slid off the road in freezing conditions, transport agency Waka Kotahi NZ said.

A lane had reopened under stop/go traffic management at 5 p.m., but the truck could not be recovered in time, the agency said.

Waka Kotahi trip manager Tresca Forrester said earlier the incident reminded users of the Alpine Pass road that ice can be “extremely dangerous”.

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