Death prompts call for wide-load overhaul

  • 11/11/2015
Death prompts call for wide-load overhaul

A coroner says rules for trucks carrying wide loads should be reviewed, after a woman died when her car collided with a truck carrying a house.

Patricia Robertson, 67, died on December 6, 2013 when she collided with a truck transporting a house, south of Ashburton.

Despite pilot vehicles in front of the truck flashing warning signs, Ms Robertson continued driving towards it on a narrow patch of road.

Other vehicles pulled over to avoid the truck, and witnesses told of seeing Ms Robertson drive straight past them, seemingly unseeing.

Coroner CJ Devonport said he was satisfied the house was being transported in accordance with a permit granted by the New Zealand Transport Association.

However, he recommended a review of permit conditions to prevent similar deaths in future.

Key recommendations: