WA Highway Closed After Fertiliser Truck Catches Fire
Great Northern Highway was closed in both directions after a road train carrying a fertiliser compound caught on fire near Meekatharra on Sunday night.
The truck crashed about 110 kilometres north of Meekatharra and was carrying ammonia nitrate, a fertiliser compound, which can also be used to create explosive mixtures used in mining, quarrying, and civil construction.
Police Inspector Garry Kosovich said while the truck had stopped burning by 9pm, a one-kilometre exclusion zone was established after emergency services discovered a hole in one of the containers of the road train.
The driver told authorities the fire started in the cab of the truck and was possibly electrical in origin.
"The driver did a fantastic job getting the truck off the highway with the limited time he had, after discovering the fire in the rear cabin," Sergeant Greg Dowding of Meekatharra Police said on Sunday.
Emergency services attended and the highway was reopened just before midnight on Sunday. The truck was completely destroyed. The $400,000 prime mover was completely destroyed in the blaze.