Cars destroyed in truck fire

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A TRAILER load of cars were completely destroyed in a truck fire on the Bruce Highway, south of Miriam Vale on Monday night.

Miriam Vale police Sergeant Owen Harms said a prime mover carrying the trailer-load of vehicles had a tyre blowout, sparking the fire about 9.15pm.

He said the driver escaped without injury and was able to uncouple the prime mover before the fire took hold, but the trailer and eight cars could not be salvaged.

Queensland Fire Service Gladstone area director Ray Bohlsen said the highway was closed until 11pm when it was re-opened to allow traffic to pass.

He said it was then re-closed from 12.30am to 4am, when the vehicle was removed from the road.

He said the trailer was travelling from Brisbane to North Queensland when the accident happened.

Mr Bohlsen said a limited amount of water was available and the fire took a long time to put out because of the heat of the flames.

He said a section of bitumen on the road was also damaged by the fire.



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