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Fiery Truck Crash Blocks Highway

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Firefighters douse the burning track which burst into flames after hitting trees
(Photo: Cameron Bond)

August 18, 2019

The Bunya Highway was blocked near Murgon on Saturday night after a B-double loaded with bales of sugar cane mulch crashed into trees and caught on fire after striking cattle on the roadway.

Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle crash, just past Silverleaf Road, about 7:00pm.

The sound of the crash was heard in Murgon, with witnesses describing it as “like an explosion”.

Luckily, the driver escaped injury with a QAS spokesperson confirming to southburnett.com.au that no one was hurt in the incident.

Multiple fire trucks, including units from Murgon and Cherbourg, were called to the scene.

Firefighters used foam to douse smouldering bales of mulch.

SES volunteers manned roadblocks either side of the crash site, diverting traffic via Ferris Road.

Heavy machinery, including a specialist recovery vehicle from Clayton’s Towing, was called in to remove the crashed vehicle, debris and dead cattle from the road.

At 12:45am, a police spokesperson said they expected the highway to remain closed for several more hours.

The first firefighters on the scene found the vehicle engulfed in flames (Photo: Cameron Bond)

Wooroolin firefighters spray foam on smouldering bales of cane mulch (Photo: Cameron Bond)

The B-Double jackknifed before hitting trees (Photo: Cameron Bond)

The scene on the Bunya Highway near the Byee turnoff  (Photo: Cameron Bond)

After the flames were brought under control, the next problem was removing the truck and debris from the highway (Photo: Cameron Bond)


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