Truck bursts into flames, burns 100m of highway
THE quick action of fire crews prevented a potentially disastrous situation after a truck crashed and burst into flames off the Bruce Hwy.
The crash happened 20km south of Gin Gin about 11am on Tuesday
The fire quickly spread to about a 100m section of grass along the side of the highway before rural crews managed to contain it.
The 60-year-old truck driver, who was from the Toowoomba area, managed to escape the cab before it was engulfed by flames and he was helped by an off-duty nurse before emergency services arrived.
Gin Gin Auxiliary Fire Station captain Eric Dyke said on arrival the prime mover was engulfed in flames.
“We just needed to make the area safe and dampen down the prime mover,” he said.
“The rural units had already attacked the grass fire which had started from the prime mover.
“The driver was out and he was being attended by an off duty nurse.
“He only received minor injuries.
“With the wind, the grass fire was going down the road reserve fairly well when we turned up.”
The fire started near the property of Booyal Rural Fire Brigade’s Peter Warren, who said had it entered the property it would have taken off.
FIREY: A truck crashed and burst into flames on the Bruce Hwy north of Booyal.