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May 13, 2016

HEIGHT WARNING for TRUCKS * New Zealand

* Auckland - Trucks to get bigger warnings at overbridges

--- Height sensor signs at the Penrose overbridge will soon be much harder to miss, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) says... Part of Auckland's southern motorway was closed for hours on Monday afternoon after a driver hauling a heavy digger crashed into the overbridge at 1.20pm... The driver, who failed to stop as he approached the bridge just after 1pm, hit the bridge and caused the digger to topple... An NZTA spokesperson said sensors which flash a warning to drivers if the load is too tall went off yesterday, but the system was being upgraded to make it more visible... The upgrade to electronic signs about 300 metres before the bridge would be finished in the next three months, making them "even more difficult to miss", he said... Mr Gliddon said NZTA worked very closely with the freight industry to ensure its members were aware of the height requirements of the bridge and others on the network... 
(Photo: RNZ/ Tom Furley - Penrose overbridge was also struck by a truck in March)   --   Auckland, NZ - Radio NZ - 10 May 2016

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