Truckie cottons on to trailer fire, unhooks in time

ROAD BLOCKAGE: The eastbound lanes of the Warrego Hwy at Minden were closed after a truck carrying cotton catches fire.
ROAD BLOCKAGE: The eastbound lanes of the Warrego Hwy at Minden were closed after a truck carrying cotton catches fire. Gary Worrall

THERE was traffic chaos on the Warrego Hwy yesterday after a truck carrying 15 tonnes of cotton caught fire.

Fire crews were called to the scene near the Minden Range shortly before 9am after the B-double's trailer, carrying bales of cotton, caught alight.

Brassall fire station officer Bob Ironside said the driver did a great job of unhooking his prime mover from under the front of the trailer.

The truck fire caused disruptions for commuters, with one lane of the Warrego Hwy blocked for several hours.

The eastbound lanes were closed and traffic diverted to the westbound lanes while crews worked to put out the blaze and the bales of cotton were unloaded and pulled apart.

Crews attended from Brassall, Lowood, Laidley and Prenzlau.

A police spokesman said the highway was fully open again about 2.10pm.

A B-Double, believed to be carrying cotton bales, was reported to be on fire after the single-vehicle crash shortly before 9am.
A B-Double, believed to be carrying cotton bales, was reported to be on fire after the single-vehicle crash shortly before 9am.

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