When a massive truck explosion shook western Qld

The aftermath of the truck explosion.
The aftermath of the truck explosion. Ali Kuchel

A YEAR ago tomorrow an explosion so fierce it blew apart a major highway bridge and destroyed trucks rocked western Queensland.

A truck carrying 52 tonnes of ammonium nitrate rolled on the Mitchell Hwy the evening of Friday, September 5, last year.

The truck driver, a 33-year-old from Mackay, was fortuitously pulled from the overturned vehicle by passers-by before it exploded.

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Shockwaves from the blast were felt well beyond the crash scene, 30km from Charleville.

The explosion injured eight people including four firefighters, one police officer and the two passers-by that helped the driver of the truck.

The semi-trailer truck had been blown apart, as was a fire truck.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews from as far as Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley were called to assist at the scene.

The Angellala bridge was reduced to mere fragments.

It is yet to be fully repaired.


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