Southbound lanes of the Pacific Hwy near Chinderah are closed after a truck fire.
Southbound lanes of the Pacific Hwy near Chinderah are closed after a truck fire.

TRUCK FIRE: Quick-thinking driver spares prime mover

UPDATE: 11.37am

A QUICK-THINKING truckie helped to prevent a blaze on the Pacific Hwy from being much worse. 

Kingscliff Fire and Rescue captain Brett Gray said the driver of a b-double which burst into flames shortly before 3.30 this morning was quick to remove the prime mover from its trailers, preventing a far more serious fire. 

"It was quick thinking on the behalf of the driver to disengage the prime mover," he said. 

"Otherwise, it would have been much more difficult for firefighters to extinguish." 

Crews worked for about 40 minutes to extinguish the trailers. 

Mr Gray said the truck came to a stop near the Chinderah truck inspection site, between the Tweed Coast Rd and Tweed Valley Way off-ramps. 

He said Kingscliff firefighters remained at the scene, where one lane is still closed, with Roads and Maritime Service officers. 

He said about 60% of the load, which included Bundaberg Ginger Beer, was destroyed during the incident. 

UPDATE: 11.20am

ONE lane remains closed after a truck burst into flames on the Pacific Hwy this morning. 

The truck, understood to be carrying soft drink, caught fire shortly in a southbound lane shortly before 3.30am.

As of 11.20am, one lane remained closed at the site, between the Tweed Coast Rd exit at Chinderah and the Tweed Valley Way off-ramp towards Murwillumbah. 

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but the truck driver escaped without injury. 

UPDATE: 9.20am

SOUTHBOUND traffic on the Pacific Highway remains affected after a truck caught fire this morning.   

A Fire and Rescue spokesman said emergency services were called to the scene about 3.20am and arrived a short time later to find the b-double, south of the Chinderah exit, well alight.   

He said two Fire and Rescue crews from Tweed Heads - including a HAZMAT team - and one from Kingscliff attended the scene along with a Rural Fire Service crew, while police undertook traffic control as all southbound lanes were closed.   

The spokesman said fire crews and police left the scene about 5.30am, with workers from the Roads and Maritime Service remaining at the site to await a vehicle recovery team.   

As of 9.20am, southbound traffic was still significantly impacted although lanes have now reopened between the Tweed Coast Rd and Tweed Valley Way exits, according to Live Traffic NSW.   

Southbound motorists should take the Tweed Coast Rd exit as an alternate route.    

Initial report: 8.29am 

SOUTHBOUND traffic on the Pacific Highway is at a crawl after a truck caught fire early this morning.

Motorists travelling south are being diverted through the Chinderah weigh station while the highway remains closed a short distance south of the Tweed Coast Rd and Chinderah Rd exit.

A Fire and Rescue spokesman said limited information about the incident was currently available, but it's understood it occurred about 3.30am.

Residents have since taken to social media with reports of hearing "explosions" about that time.

Those travelling south can use Tweed Coast Rd as an alternate route.

More details to come.



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