Fruit and veges block high­way

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Two call­outs on the same af­ter­noon meant vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from all three South Waikato District sta­tions were out at emer­gen­cies at the same time last week.

About 4pm last Tues­day Toko­roa fire­fight­ers were called to a truck and trailer unit which had rolled on State High­way One north of Toko­roa.

The driver was not se­ri­ously hurt but his load of ap­ples, pears and mush­rooms was spilt across the road.

His truck and trailer was left ly­ing on its side, com­pletely block­ing the high­way. SH1 was closed for sev­eral hours un­til a crane could right the truck and clear the scene.

As Toko­roa fire­fight­ers waited for the crane to ar­rive their com­pa­tri­ots from Pu­taruru and Ti­rau were at the scene of a scrub fire on Ho­ra­hora Rd.

That fire was re­ported about 3.30pm.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived to find a sec­tion of bush along a steep bank and ridge line was ablaze.

Fire ap­pli­ances and tankers from sev­eral sta­tions, in­clud­ing Te Awa­mutu, Mata­mata and Cam­bridge were called to the scene as was a heli­copter.

It was the heli­copter that doused most of the flames us­ing wa­ter from the Waikato River as the ridge proved dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous for fire­fight­ers to get to.

FRUIT SALAD: Ap­ples, pears and mush­rooms were strewn across SH1 af­ter a truck crashed on Tues­day.

TRICKY ONE: Fire­fight­ers found it dif­fi­cult get­ting to a scrub fire on Ho­ra­hora Rd so called in a heli­copter.

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