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Banking services downed in Marlborough

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/05/2017

Telecommunication services have been cut in parts of Marlborough after engineers fixing a bridge hit by a truck accidentally cut a fibre optic cable.

The driver of the truck was earlier airlifted to hospital with moderate injuries after he crashed into the Wye River Bridge, 50km north of Renwick on State Highway 63, just before 6am on Sunday, police say.

SH 63 remains closed while repairs to the bridge continue.

Police said the damage to the fibre optic cable may have caused electronic banking and Eftpos outages in the Marlborough area.

An alternative route to the bridge involves crossing a ford, but this can only be done when water conditions are favourable, police say.

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