Truck bursts into flames, burns 100m of high­way

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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.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

FIREY: A truck crashed and burst into flames on the Bruce Hwy north of Booyal.

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