3 hour cleanup for SH5 truck fire

Hawke's Bay Today - - Front page -

Com­muters driv­ing be­tween Napier and Taupo¯ faced de­lays as a dan­ger­ous goods truck burnt to a crisp on State High­way 5.

Fire crews from six sta­tions were on the scene for more than three hours af­ter a heavy good truck trans­port­ing “non­haz­ardous dan­ger­ous goods” be­came en­gulfed in flames, 10km north of Te Po­hue, just af­ter 2.30am.

A po­lice spokesman said po­lice were called to a truck and trailer unit fire on the Napier-Taupo¯ road at 2.40am yes­ter­day.

“We un­der­stand there was a range of items in­clud­ing food, plants, tim­ber and steel on board.”

State High­way 5 was closed while emer­gency ser­vices worked to clear the scene.

No one was se­ri­ously in­jured. The driver, a man in his 50s, was treated for smoke in­hala­tion at Hawke’s Bay Hospi­tal, be­fore he “self-dis­charged” shortly af­ter.

A Fire and Emer­gency spokesman said it took fire­fight­ers and ap­pli­ances from six sta­tions three hours to put out the fire: “The truck suf­fered sub­stan­tial dam­age and is be­ing re­moved by crane.”

The NZ Trans­port Agency said the road re­opened un­der a stop/go man­age­ment sys­tem about 8.50am and fully from 1pm.

The road clo­sure caused de­lays to morn­ing news­pa­per de­liv­er­ies, in­clud­ing Hawke’s Bay To­day, now printed in Auck­land.

“Again, we want to apol­o­gise to read­ers; there have been a few bumps as we set­tle into a new de­liv­ery and print­ing sys­tem,” Hawke’s Bay To­day ed­i­tor Craig Cooper said.

“Yes­ter­day was beyond our con­trol and our first thoughts were with the peo­ple af­fected by the ac­ci­dent. Putting this ex­am­ple to one side, we are work­ing hard on a re­li­able de­liv­ery ser­vice for sub­scribers.”

PHOTO / DUN­CAN BROWN

The re­mains of a dan­ger­ous goods truck that burnt to a crisp yes­ter­day.

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