29 Dec 2012

Truck carrying festival gear crashes off road

6:29 am on 29 December 2012

A truck carrying sound and lighting gear for the Rhythm and Vines music festival rolled off the road in a Bay of Plenty gorge on Friday.

The truck was making its way to the festival at Gisborne when it left the road in the Waioeka Gorge near Opotiki at about 8.30am on Friday.

Festival director Scott Witters said the driver was unhurt and the equipment seems to be intact, so there will be no delays to the show. A crane was being brought in to lift the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Gisborne police were dealing with a spate of minor traffic accidents on Friday morning as thousands of people flooded into the city for the 10th annual festival. More than 25,000 people are expected at this year's event.

Senior Sergeant Maui Aven said additional staff have been brought in, a liquor ban is in place in Gisborne and alcohol checkpoints will be set up.