Burning truck shuts highway

A TRUCK transporting paint rolled off the road before bursting into flames early yesterday morning.

The driver and passenger escaped with minor injuries before the semi-trailer caught fire along the Cunningham Highway.

The accident happened about 20km west of Inglewood.

It is believed paint cans inside the trailer began exploding after the vehicle turned on its side.

The driver and passenger were taken to Inglewood Hospital for treatment.

The accident, which happened at 4am, caused the highway to be closed for about three hours to protect motorists from smoke and fumes.

One lane was reopened at 7am and emergency crews were at the scene until 9am monitoring the fire.

Yesterday afternoon, the highway was closed for another six hours while salvage crews, including a large crane, worked to clear the remains of the burnt-out truck.

The road was expected to be cleared by 8pm last night.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

 

 



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