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The Saddle Road was closed for most of yesterday morning following a truck crash.

A truck and trailer crashed about five minutes outside of Woodville about 4.30am, with Police saying the truck and trailer had rolled and gone part way down a bank.

The westbound lane was blocked by the crash, with the entire road closed later in the morning to allow the truck to be removed.

The road was reopened just after 11am.


A cyclist was flown to Hawke's Bay Hospital last night.

Stuff is reporting an incident at the finish line of a cycling event at Hatuma about 7pm.

Three people were taken to hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries, while a man in his 50's was flown to hospital by the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter in a serious condition.

The man received multiple fractures in the accident, according to Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter General Manager, Ian Wilmot.


A seasonal worker from Tonga has been diagnosed with measles.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board said yesterday that the RSE worker's employer had notified the public health unit of the case, and Medical Officer of Health, Dr Rachel Eyre, said all close contacts had been identified and were in isolation to avoid any further spread.

Dr Eyre said the worker had recently arrived in the country and did not know they had measles when travelling.

She said the public health unit has been working proactively with seasonal employers about general health and wellbeing, including information about what to do in relation to measles.