M4 CHAOS AS TRUCK LOAD CATCHES FIRE
A TRUCK fire caused a 7.5km traffic queue on the M4 on Thursday afternoon. About 2.30pm, Fire and Rescue NSW responded to reports a paper and cardboard recycling truck had ignited near the Roper Rd exit at Minchinbury.
Mt Druitt Fire Station reported the truck was well alight in the front section which included the cabin. The driver had escaped uninjured and attempted to extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher. The cabin was quickly extinguished but the intense heat of the fire spread through the metal into the load of recyclables. A Mt Druitt spokesman said the truck lining of hardened plate steel made it difficult to access the truck’s rear.
“We utilised a backhoe to open the rear door then secured it with a heavy chain so the backhoe operator could move the burning material out,” he said.
Meanwhile, RFS crews worked to put out a nearby grass fire.