Fire crews battle truck blaze
THREE fire crews worked to contain a blazing truck on the Pacific Highway yesterday.
Both northbound lanes were closed from about 7.30am DST as firefighters fought to control flames which engulfed the semi-trailer about 300m south of Barneys Point Bridge.
Kingscliff firefighters were the first on the scene followed shortly by a Tweed Heads crew and the Cudgen Rural Fire Service (RFS).
The driver, from Dubbo, managed to escape the truck unharmed, Tweed Station Officer Chris Perrin said.
“The driver saw smoke coming from the front wheel arch on the passenger's side,” Mr Perrin said.
“He pulled over and got out and as he did, it burst into flames.
“He had a water extinguisher and tried to put it out but he didn't have a hope.”
Mr Perrin said the driver did not suffer any injuries or smoke inhalation.
“We initially had concerns it might have been carrying a hazardous load but it was a demountable toilet.
“That caught fire as well.”
Tweed Police Inspector Darren Steel said the demountable toilet was destined for a Tweed Heads South school.
Mr Perrin said the RFS attended and helped by refilling their trucks.
“The RFS assisted us by refilling at a hydrant north of Barneys Point Bridge.
“When you get truck fires it takes a lot of water to put them out.
“We used two crews in self-contained breathing apparatus to extinguish
the fire using two hose lines. One of them was foam because of the diesel, rubber tyres and engine components.”
The fire took about 45 minutes to extinguish and one lane of traffic was re-opened shortly after 8.30am.
Ken Boys from the Road and Traffic Authority's Transport Management Centre said both lanes were re-opened about 10.30am.
“Drivers were diverted through Tumbulgum via the Tweed Valley Way and on Terranora Road to the highway.”
Mr Boys said the truck was recovered when traffic delays eased.