Road now closed as works begin to recover vehicle

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 10 o'clock last night.

Police have made contact with the family of the person believed to be driving the vehicle.

The road is now closed as works begin to recover the vehicle, which could take up to three to four hours.

An alternative detour is available, but is not suitable for heavy vehicles.

Sam Gardner