The Bruce Highway is closed in both directions as crews work to put out a truck fire. Photo: Contributed
The Bruce Highway is closed in both directions as crews work to put out a truck fire. Photo: Contributed

Bruce Highway cleared after dramatic truck blaze

UPDATE: 3.30PM: The Bruce Highway has now been cleared after an earlier truck fire south of Bowen.

Emergency services were called to the scene near the United service station between Bowen and Proserpine about 6.35am on Friday.

A truck carrying six vehicles caught alight, with a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman saying the vehicles were fully burnt out.

The Bruce Highway was closed in both directions after the fire and has been operating with one lane most of the day.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has now advised the highway has fully reopened.

 

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UPDATE 8.45AM: One lane of the Bruce Highway has now reopened after an earlier truck fire between Bowen and Proserpine.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the back half of the B-double was engulfed by flames and six vehicles on its trailer were "fully burnt out".

She said the trailer had been disconnected from the prime mover.

By 7.50am the fire had been fully extinguished and fire crews worked to dampen down hotspots.

They have now left the scene.

A Queensland Police spokesman said one lane of the highway was now open.

Paramedics also responded to the fire and assessed one patient at the scene but they did not need to be taken to hospital.

Emergency services were initially called to the fire about 6.35am after the truck caught alight near the United service station about 25km north of Proserpine.

INIITIAL 7.30AM: The Bruce Highway is closed in both directions between Proserpine and Bowen after a truck carrying multiple cars caught fire.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said crews were working to extinguish the blaze.

Emergency services were called to the scene, near the United service station about 25km north of Proserpine, about 6.35am.

 

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Crews from both Bowen and Proserpine responded to the blaze.

A Queensland Ambulance Services spokeswoman said one person was being assessed by paramedics but it was believed they had not suffered serious injuries.

Police were also called to the scene to help with traffic control.


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