NFDC refuse collection crew escape truck fire in Southern Lane, Barton
A CREW of refuse collectors had a lucky escape after their truck burst into flames in a Barton street this morning (Tuesday).
The alarm was raised around 10.25am as flames engulfed the New Forest District Council vehicle which was on a collection round along Southern Lane.
Firefighters from New Milton teamed up with a Dorset crew in battling the emergency for about two hours.
The truck was severely damaged in the blaze, but a spokesperson for NFDC confirmed its crew was unharmed.
Environment Agency pads were used to prevent contaminated water run-off entering the drains, and highway workers were alerted due to road damage.
“The fire is out but the vehicle is damaged,” the NFDC spokesperson said shortly afterwards.
“The cause is not yet known and we are working with the fire and rescue service.
“All the crew are safe.”
They added: “Another refuse vehicle has deployed and we expect to be able to complete all refuse collections in the area as planned today."
Drivers were urged to avoid the area as the road was closed off while the incident was dealt with.