Truck driver hailed hero after crash inferno
UPDATE FRIDAY 6AM: A truck driver has been credited with avoiding a potentially fatal traffic crash at Wellcamp yesterday afternoon.
Police say the driver of the loaded B-double prime mover was forced to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with a smaller car on Toowoomba Cecil Plains Rd near Wellcamp Airport about 4pm.
The truck, carrying milk and cheese from regional producers, caught fire and was engulfed within minutes.
The thick black smoke plume was visible from several kilometres away as multiple firefighters struggled to extinguish the inferno.
The load and brand new truck was destroyed while the experienced male driver aged in his 60s escaped uninjured.
Toowoomba police Senior Constable Keryll Wicks said within minutes of the collision the truck driver had given first aid to the driver and sole occupant of the car.
The driver, a woman in her 40s, was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition with a shoulder injury.
Fatigue is believed to be a main contributing factor in the crash which closed the road for more than two hours.
UPDATE THURSDAY 7PM: A fire which destroyed a prime mover after it and another car collided has been extinguished at Wellcamp.
The B-double truck and smaller car collided on Toowoomba Cecil Plains Rd outside Wellcamp Airport about 4pm.
The truck caught fire within minutes of the crash as the driver, a man in his 60s, escaped uninjured.
Toowoomba police Senior Constable Keryll Wicks said the truck driver then offered first aid to the driver of the car, a woman in her 40s.
Police are yet to rule on what caused the crash but fatigue is believed to be a major contributing factor.
Authorities closed the road for more than three hours while the fire was extinguished.
It was still smouldering at 6.45pm, more than two hours after the crash occurred.
EARLIER THURSDAY 5.30PM: A woman has been taken to hospital with injuries after a truck and car crash at Wellcamp.
The woman aged in her 50s was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.
Another man aged in his 60s was assessed but not transported to hospital.
The truck was still burning at 5.30pm with the Toowoomba Cecil Plains Road still closed to all traffic.
Paramedics remain on standby for firefighters who are continuing to battle the fire.
UPDATE THURSDAY 4:45pm: FIREFIGHTERS are battling to bring under control a large fire billowing thick black smoke after a crash this afternoon.
The Toowoomba Cecil Plains Road is closed to all vehicles and a 1km exclusion zone in place after a prime mover and car collided just after 4pm.
Initial reports indicate the drivers of the truck and car were out of the vehicles when emergency services arrived on scene about 4.15pm.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services technical rescue crew and other support vehicles are on scene, and flames are visible from at least 1km away.
The prime mover is believed to have been loaded with milk and cheese goods.
EARLIER: Multiple emergency services are rushing to reports of a truck and car that have collided near Wellcamp airport.
It is believed one of the vehicles involved has caught fire on the Toowoomba Cecil Plains Road.
The collision was reported about 4pm.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services units are en route to the incident.