Early morning inferno closes the highway
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.