Firefighters inspect the burnt-out car.
Firefighters inspect the burnt-out car. David Crossley

Disaster averted as blaze put out

GYMPIE firefighters saved a gas-converted car from exploding on Sunday afternoon.

A carload of people heading south on the Bruce Hwy heard a loud bang under the bonnet and got out of the car near Inglewood Bridge.

A Carbrook mum had been driving her daughter and three friends back to Brisbane when the fire started at about 5pm.

Passengers noticed steam or vapour coming from under the car, followed by black smoke and flames under the bonnet. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the engine bay and switch off the gas. One firefighter extinguished the fire using a breathing apparatus.

The driver and passengers were checked by ambulance paramedics and given the all-clear to be collected by relatives.

A car crash at the intersection of Station Rd and Tozer St on Sunday around 7pm between a Ford carrying five people and a Holden with a sole driver resulted in a driver and passenger being taken to hospital for minor injuries.

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