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Truck crashes into homes, driver dies

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/08/2016
<span style="color:#666666;font-family:'Segoe UI', 'Segoe WP', Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:17.992px;">The driver of a truck that crashed into two houses in on Great Southern Rd, Papatoetoe died at the scene after being trapped when his vehicle</span> © SNPA / Hayden Woodward The driver of a truck that crashed into two houses in on Great Southern Rd, Papatoetoe died at the scene after being trapped when his vehicle

A truck driver has died after his truck clipped the roof of a home and crashed into another at Papatoetoe in Auckland.

The man became trapped in the cab of his truck when the balcony of the second home, which is also a homeopathic clinic, collapsed on it during the accident on Great Southern Road at around 5.30am on Sunday.

"The truck driver was in a critical condition and emergency services were working to free him but he died at the scene," a police spokeswoman told NZ Newswire.

Raghubir Ruhan and his family were asleep upstairs above the clinic and thought the shaking and noise that woke them was an earthquake.

"Then I saw from upstairs, by the window, a truck was inside the clinic," he told NZ Newswire. "It was a huge shock. We are very shocked, emotional. We have done lots of hard work on the house and the clinic."

Emergency services are still at the scene working to remove the truck and stabilise the building.

"The truck is still in the house, they are trying to move it but the house is double-storey and the balcony has collapsed on the truck," Dr Ruhan said.

Traffic is being diverted around the scene at Great Southern Road and Central Avenue. It's believed no one was home in the other house.

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