M4 CHAOS AS TRUCK LOAD CATCHES FIRE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Vera Ber­tola

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.

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