News

Investigation continues into Bruce High Way truck fire

MYSTERY BLAZE: Gympie Fire and Emergency Service officers battle to extinguish a truck fire on the Bruce Hwy on Friday night.
MYSTERY BLAZE: Gympie Fire and Emergency Service officers battle to extinguish a truck fire on the Bruce Hwy on Friday night.

FIRE investigators are working to find the cause of a spectacular truck fire which caused explosions heard across inner Gympie and Southside on Friday night.

The B-double fruit truck burst into flames on the Bruce Hwy, near Archery Park and Cross St about 7.44pm.

A quick thinking driver disconnected the two trailers from the prime mover and drove it to safety, one witness said.

Police said the truck was not carrying flammable or explosive cargo.

Traffic had to be diverted around the vehicle as huge flames leapt from the coupling between its two trailers.

Police left the scene about 9.40pm.

The sound of exploding trailer tyres was heard even across the Mary River at the Gympie Hockey Association club house in Power Rd.

Mayor Mick Curran said he heard the explosions from the deck of his Southside home and wondered who had the fireworks.

Closer in, one Lawrence St resident thought the noise was gun shots.

EMERGENCY: Firefighters battle the blaze.
EMERGENCY: Firefighters battle the blaze.

Gympie Times

Topics:  bruce highway car accident editors picks investigation road safety truck fire



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Gympie shows support really is in the bag

SUPPORT: Rochelle Davey and Tina Kirkham Smith with some of the donated bags.

Charity organisers were inundated with bags to help women in need.

There's plenty to do today in Gympie

Heaps to do in Gympie today.

Support groups, gem clubs and markets; we've got you covered.

Respect and Christmas joy

RESPECT: Gympie's Mary-Helen Buchan (right) performing at the Memorial Park Rotunda with fellow James Nash Vocal group singers Hadassah Covert, Red Smith, Jonas White and Naomi Kassulske.

Gympie singer takes the big Christmas message to Brisbane

Local Partners

Laughter the best present

Bruce's latest adventure has Miss9 shooting straight from the hip, as usual.


Your definitive Gympie guide to school holiday fun

HANDS ON: Get the chance to create your own clay animals at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Check out the amazing things to do over the school holidays.

GARAGE SALES: Where to grab a bargain this weekend

Several sales are being held in Rockhampton on Saturday as part of the national Garage Sale Trail.

Take a look at these treasure troves

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

The tech-version of the old pop-up book is here

IS THE old cardboard pop-up book a thing of the past?

Obama's private struggle laid bare in film

Australian actor Devon Terrell portrays a young Barack Obama in the Netflix original movie Barry. Supplied by Netflix.

Filmakers focus in on Obama's legacy

Brad Pitt's sons won't see him

Brad Pitt's eldest sons are reportedly "refusing" to see him.

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

The apple and the worm

Gympie journalist Arthur Gorrie.

Progress leaps along, so let's look first

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!