Early morn­ing in­ferno closes the high­way

Isis Town and Country - - News -

EMER­GENCY services re­sponded to an early morn­ing in­ferno north of Gin Gin last Thurs­day.

Shortly af­ter 6am a B-Double truck was en­gulfed by flames and the thick stench of rub­ber filled the air.

Pass­ing mo­torists stopped to as­sist in putting out the fire but the flames were too fierce.

Sergeant Tim Mar­ri­nan, of­fi­cer in charge of Gin Gin Po­lice, said the re­frig­er­ated truck caught fire and quickly spread.

“The high­way was closed in both di­rec­tions for a num­ber of hours.

“No per­son was in­jured in the in­ci­dent,” he said.

The blaze is be­lieved to have started in the truck’s bear­ings, de­stroy­ing two trail­ers.

The two re­frig­er­ated con­tain­ers were both fully loaded with goods.

The front trailer was car­ry­ing al­co­hol and the back was loaded with frozen chips.

The fire was in­tense re­quir­ing fur­ther ru­ral fire sup­port with back up trans­port­ing wa­ter in.

The truck driver was lucky to be alive.

With his quick think­ing, he ma­noeu­vred the ve­hi­cle off the road and con­tin­ued to safely de­tached the cab from the loads and park the cab a safe dis­tance from the burning trail­ers.

All he could do was stand back and watch his load burn.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

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