Aftermath: The blackened and charred remains of the trailer.
Aftermath: The blackened and charred remains of the trailer.

Truck explosion causes hwy chaos

A SPECTACULAR truck explosion early on Wednesday caused chaos on the Pacific Highway.

The road was closed at Woodburn when a 25-metre B-double truck laden with fruit destined for Woolworths shelves in Brisbane caught alight at 12.15am.

Captain of the Evans Head Fire Station Ralph Lohse said firefighters did not know what started the fire.

“It appears the prime mover caught fire first,” he said.

“There were intense flames reaching five to six metres.”

It took an hour to extinguish the blazing cabin and the A frame of the truck while the B trailer was still smouldering.

“The driver sensed something was wrong and pulled off the road,” Capt. Lohse said.

“Nobody was hurt.”

Local residents heard the sound of tyres exploding, waking them from their slumber.

“It sounded like fireworks,” said Sylvia Kilroy.

“I thought it was someone celebrating Australia Day.”

The scene was attended by police, three Rural Fire Service units, two NSW Fire Brigades crews and a hazardous materials team.

Holidaymakers and local commuters endured substantial delays, with the Pacific Highway closed and traffic being diverted up a side road.



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