Blaze highlights phone reception issue
A TRUCK fire’s heat was so intense the trailer’s aluminium shell melted.
The B-double truck, carrying plywood, caught fire near Blairmore, south of Ban Ban Springs last Thursday.
The driver was unharmed but the blaze needed two fire trucks from Gayndah and one truck from Biggenden to bring it under control.
Gayndah State Emergency Services controller David Wilson said the truck caught fire about 6am.
However poor mobile phone reception in the area caused delays reporting the incident.
“It looks like the bearings overheated and caught fire,” MrWilson said. “The bitumen has all melted; it’s melted all the top of the roof.
“That was all aluminium and that has completely melted away.”
A section of the Burnett Hwy was single lane for most of the day as SES responders waited for a tow truck to arrive from Nambour to remove the wreckage.
The incident highlights a serious need for improvement in our region’s mobile communication network.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd addressed parliament on Monday on the need to improve the communication network.
“Two devastating floods in three years have shown us that our communication network in Flynn is simply not good enough,” he said.