Ute catches fire while newspaper truck tips near Millthorpe

Photo: TROY PEARSON/Top Notch Video
Photo: TROY PEARSON/Top Notch Video

A truck carrying newspapers - including the Central Western Daily and Midstate Observer - rolled over near Millthorpe in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Canobolas RFS received a call about 500 metres north of Millthorpe just before 4am where they found the truck on its side.

Firefighters and State Emergency Services workers found the driver standing up in the cab uninjured, but unable to exit the vehicle.

Unfortunately the car was completely destroyed.

Lachlan Allan

Emergency service workers cut the man free, where he was attended by paramedics. He wasn't taken to hospital. The truck had been removed from the site by 8.30am. The newspapers on the truck were delivered to Orange later on Thursday.

A few hours later, a man watched his ute catch fire before his eyes after an engine malfunction caused it to set alight on Thursday morning.

The man was driving to work when he smelt smoke at about 5.55am along Bowen Park Road, not far from Cargo and about 25 kilometres west of Orange.

Canobolas Rural Fire Service district officer Lachlan Allan said the man popped the bonnet to investigate the smell and found the car alight.

ABLAZE: A car which caught alight due to an engine malfunction on Thursday morning west of Orange. The car Photo: TROY PEARSON/Top Notch Video

ABLAZE: A car which caught alight due to an engine malfunction on Thursday morning west of Orange. The car Photo: TROY PEARSON/Top Notch Video

He called firefighters but the car was fully engulfed by flames within minutes.

"Unfortunately the car was completely destroyed," Mr Allan said.

He said there was nothing suspicious at play, with the engine fire the result of a mechanical fault and the flames extinguished by 7am.