Singleton Fire & Rescue and Hunter Valley police responded to reports of a truck fire at Whittingham

NSW Fire & Rescue check out a semi trailer on the New England Highway at Whittingham. Photo supplied.
NSW Fire & Rescue check out a semi trailer on the New England Highway at Whittingham. Photo supplied.

Today 3:10pm Singleton Fire & Rescue and Hunter Valley police responded to reports of a truck fire at Whittingham.

Firefighters and police spoke with the driver of the semi trailer and discovered that the turbo had failed causing smoke to come from the truck.

A general reminder please slow down and move to the left if safe to do so while emergency vehicles with red /blue lights flashing and siren on pass to make their way to an incident.

On higher speed roads (with a speed limit of 90km/h or more), motorists are required to slow down safely to a speed that is reasonable for the circumstances. Motorists must also provide sufficient space between their vehicle and the stationary tow truck, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights. This will include changing lanes on a multi-lane road if it is safe to do so.

On lower speed roads (with a speed limit of 80km/h or less), motorists will continue to be required to slow to 40km/h when passing stationary tow trucks, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights.

All motorists must also give way to any person on foot in the vicinity of a stationary tow truck, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights. Motorists must not increase their speed until they are a sufficient distance past all the vehicles and people involved.

The rule does not apply when a stationary tow truck, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights is on the opposite side of a divided road separated by a median strip.