Queensland Truck explosion sounds warning for Kurri Kurri
Jut days after Toll released a promotional brochure to gain community support for their proposed ammonium nitrate storage facility in Kurri Kurri there has been a catastrophic explosion in Queensland after a truck carrying ammonium nitrate rolled over.
It is possible that the truck crash caused a diesel spill and then a fire and explosion. That is the type of accident we are concerned about occurring on the awkward railway bridge at Pelaw Main. Police still have a 1.5km exclusion zone surrounding the crash site in Queensland.
Eight people injured in truck explosion near Charleville
- THE COURIER-MAIL
- SEPTEMBER 06, 2014
EIGHT people — including five emergency services officers — have been injured in a truck explosion 30km south of Charleville overnight.
The truck, believed to be carrying about 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, was travelling along the Mitchell Highway at Wyandra around 9.50pm when it crashed and caught fire.
The combination of the chemical and diesel petrol caused the large explosion, which was reportedly felt up to 100km away.
Police have closed the highway and have set up an exclusion zone of about 1.5km around the blast site while they secure the area.
Paramedics said the driver of the truck received burns to about 35 per cent of his body, including his chest, abdomen and lower limbs.
It is understood four fire fighters, a police officer and two bystanders were also injured in the explosion. However, their injuries have been described by paramedics as “not serious”.
One of the bystanders was reported to be a 57-year-old male who received a suspected fractured hip.
Reports suggest a police car was also destroyed in the incident and a fire truck apparently received significant damage.
A nearby bridge was also reported to have been demolished in the blast.
The eight patients were taken to the Charleville hospital but two were later transferred to the Toowoomba hospital and another two were flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Geoscience Australia also detected a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in the area, initially thought to be due to the reach of the explosion.
Locals have taken to online platforms to contact friends and family and offer support.
“Please may there be no casualties … thoughts are with the truck driver,” one local wrote.
Rae Griffin also extended support to the victims of the accident.
“My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by this horrible accident in a small town,” she said.
Patients suffered multiple fractures, lacerations, head and chest injuries and deep burns from the explosion.