Driver escapes truck blaze
An electrical fault could be behind a truck catching fire, causing a spectacular blaze on State Highway 1, south of Hamilton last night.
Police and fire emergency services were called to the scene near Tamahere about 6.45pm. The driver of the truck was unhurt.
Fire communications shift manager Paul Radden said two crews from Hamilton spent a couple of hours at the scene.
"We believe the truck was travelling north, and the incident occurred just south of the Tamahere turn off. We had multiple calls from the public about the fire. The truck was on the side of the road when it was on fire."
A police spokesperson said initial investigations suggested the fire may have started because of an electrical fault.