Road train with explosive cargo rolled over on highway

UPDATE 7.10PM: A ROAD train carting a load of ammonium nitrate rolled over on the Leichhardt Highway, 20km north of Banana on Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened at 12.42pm on Thursday, which left the highway shut down for at least six hours, with traffic still halted at 7pm last night, as authorities cleared the scene.

A 600m exclusion zone was declared around the crash site, with a potentially explosive cargo involved in the crash.

The driver was uninjured as a result of the crash; however Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority officers were still on scene late Thursday  working to clear the scene.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads advised that the Leichhardt Highway between Banana north to Fairview Rd, with Queensland Police Service officers working on diversion routes for motorists.

EARLIER: THE Leichhardt Highway has been closed 20km north of Banana because of a truck rollover.

Police report the highway will closed for some hours because there are chemicals that need to be cleaned up.

It's been reported trailers have detached from the road train.

Emergency services are at the scene.



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