3 hour cleanup for SH5 truck fire
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.”
The remains of a dangerous goods truck that burnt to a crisp yesterday.