Insurance tower window smash causes traffic chaos

by Mina Martin 01 Feb 2017

Insurance tower window smash causes traffic chaos

A cracked window fell from the 15th floor of a high-rise building in central Wellington on January 30, inconveniencing motorists and commuters but causing no casualties.
 
A window from the 15th floor of the State Insurance Tower fell in a section of Wellington’s Golden Mile, an area in Willis St that sees a lot of daytime vehicle and foot traffic, at about 3pm, The Dominion Post reported. 
 
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported as firefighters had managed to cordon off the area around the once-tallest NZ building before the glass fell down at about 2.45pm.

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James Gray, Thorndon Fire Service senior station officer, said the broken window measured about three-by-two metres.
 
The Fire Service completely blocked Willis St, between Bond St and Lambton Quay, as well as a one-block stretch of Customhouse Quay, nearest Willis St, causing a traffic backup on Willis St to the south.
 
Willis Street was reopened at about 3.30pm.
 
State Insurance purchased the naming rights to the building in 1998.