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Maungatapu Bridge remains closed after collision

IRBs enter the water on Saturday night under the Maungatapu Bridge. Video: Daniel Hines. Photos: Cameron Avery

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Update: 8am

Police are working to locate a vehicle believed to have left the Maungatapu Bridge, State Highway 29A near Tauranga, yesterday evening, April 27.

The Police Dive Squad are attending the location this morning.

The road between Maungatapu and the Baypark roundabout remains closed, and will likely remain closed for a number of hours.

Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information about this collision and urge them to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.

Earlier 6.50am Sunday April 27:

Maungatapu Bridge is still closed on Sunday morning following what appears to have been a collision with the bridge.

Police closed the bridge on Saturday night after being alerted that a railing along a section of the bridge was missing.

SH29A is closed from Baypark Speedway to Maungatapu roundabout.

At around 8pm on Saturday night, Police were alerted to the incident.

Police reviewed CCTV footage and confirmed that a vehicle collided with the bridge.

The footage does not show what happened following the collision, therefore Police were unable to confirm on Saturday night if the vehicle had left the scene after colliding with the railing.

Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) entered the water under the bridge approximately 11pm to assist Police.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information about this collision and urge them to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.

The road is expected to remain closed on Sunday morning.

Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

SH29A is closed from Maungatapu to Baypark roundabout

Maungatapu Bridge remains closed Sunday morning. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford

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