Body recovered following serious crash near Opotiki

A body has been recovered from the scene of a serious crash in Waiotahe near Opotiki.

Emergency services were advised around 11 yesterday morning that a truck and trailer had gone off State Highway 2 and into a river near Toone and Ruatuna roads.

The body was recovered by the Police Dive Squad at around 10pm last night.

Police confirmed yesterday the family of the person believed to be driving the vehicle has been contacted.

NZTA says the road will be closed for about three to four hours from 10.30am.

An alternative detour will be put in place but is not suitable for heavy vehicles.

Sam Gardner