Truck-car crash sets off tree fire


All the occupants of a car were uninjured after a truck crashed into it on State Highway 1 about 9:30pm on Thursday evening.

A car had pulled over to the side of the road just past the intersection of State Highway 83 and State Highway 1 when a truck crashed into the back.

It is unknown whether or not the driver of the truck could see the car with it being parked partially on a driveway and road going around a bend. The car had pulled over after breaking down.

Oamaru Volunteer Fire Service Chief Fire Officer Steve Couper said they were called to the accident about 9:30pm.

“They were very lucky no-one was hurt,” Mr Couper said.

“From what we heard it is believed that the car was parked on the side of the road and the truck didn’t see it as it was going around the bend and crashed into it which then resulted in the truck hitting a power pole causing it to fall to the ground and start a fire.”

“The fire caused about 50m of trees lined up down the side of the turn to catch fire along with the trailer on the truck which was carrying wood pallets.”

Mr Couper said the truck came to a halt a couple of hundred metres up the road.

“It was fortunate that there was nothing bad in the trailer, it was just full of wood pallets.”

A crane was required to lift the trailer back onto its wheels, which resulted in a detour being in place for several hours.

Four appliances attended the scene, two from Oamaru and one from Weston and one from Glenavy.

It took the fire service close to five hours before they could leave. They returned the next morning to put out the required hot spots.

Police inquiries are continuing.


DESTROYED: A truck trailer which was also burnt out on Thursday evening after nearby trees were set alight.

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