Truck catches fire, car crashes on foggy road, delays at Queenstown Airport

A southbound truck caught fire on State Highway 1 north of Dunedin on Tuesday morning. The driver was uninjured.
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A southbound truck caught fire on State Highway 1 north of Dunedin on Tuesday morning. The driver was uninjured.

A truckie had a lucky escape after the vehicle caught fire on State Highway 1 north of Dunedin.

The driver was headed south when the truck caught fire at the passing lane between Russell and Whites roads about 6.30am on Tuesday. The driver was uninjured. 

Police asked motorists to drive slowly past the fire site.

A car and ute crashed on a foggy Otago road. (FILE SHOT)
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A car and ute crashed on a foggy Otago road. (FILE SHOT)

The truck would be removed over the next couple of hours, which could disrupt traffic.

CRASH IN FOG

Fifteen minutes later, a person was trapped in their car after a collison on a foggy Otago road. 

Foggy conditions grounded planes and caused delays at Queenstwon Airport. (FILE SHOT)
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Foggy conditions grounded planes and caused delays at Queenstwon Airport. (FILE SHOT)

Emergency services were called to the crash, involving a car and a ute, at 6.45am. It happened near Milburn, on the Waihola Highway, near the passing lane south of Waihola.

The person suffered moderate injuries in the crash and debris was scattered on the road.

A police spokeswoman said there was thick fog in the area and the crash site might be hard for motorists to see.

READ MORE: Another storm on the way

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People were advised to take extra care, use their lights and reduce their speed. Motorists driving between Milton and Allanton were asked to restrict travel if possible and expect delays until conditions improved.

MetService meteorologist Tom Adams said fog was heaviest in Queenstown, which had affected flights. 

Visibility there got down to a few hundred metres before 7am, he said.

Two flights from and to Christchurch were cancelled. Winds were likely to pick up in the afternoon, which would disperse the fog, Adams said. Dunedin was in fog earlier, but that was lifting by 7.30am.

Christchurch was not affected by fog.

Meanwhile, another winter storm was set to hit the South Island from Thursday.

Adams said there was a chance of snow above 400 metres in Canterbury, Otago and Marlborough, heavy rain on the South Island's West Coast and gales in the upper North Island.

"There's a lot going on Thursday and Friday."

 - Stuff

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