Car explosion 'could have been catastrophic'
UPDATE NOON: A man is undergoing treatment in hospital for serious burns to his face, arms and legs after a car explosion in North Toowoomba this morning.
The man, aged in his 30s, suffered horrific injuries in the incident which closed the busy intersection of Bridge and Hume Sts just after 7am.
Investigations into what caused the explosion in the car boot are continuing but police suspect a faulty gas line in the Ford Falcon could be to blame.
Scenes of Crime officers have impounded the vehicle and are working to determine the cause, but a witness told police the car was smoking shortly before the explosion.
It's understood the male driver stopped the car and investigated the smoke when it exploded at the intersection.
Police are yet to speak with the driver.
Despite his extensive injuries, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Station Officer Darryl Williamson said the situation could have been "catastrophic".
"(It is) extremely lucky that there was only himself in the vehicle and not more passengers in the vehicle," he said.
"It could have been catastrophic.
"(There were) two baby seats in the back of the seat. Fortunately there were no babies on board.
"He is a very lucky man."
EARLIER 7.15AM: All emergency services are at the corner of Bridge and Hume Sts after reports a car exploded at the intersection.
A man in his 30s has suffered serious burns to his face and hands, the bulk of the injuries to his hands.
He was triaged and stabilized at the scene outside Golders shop and could be heard screaming in pain.
He's been loaded into the ambulance and will be taken to Toowoomba Hospital.
Firefighters are examining the boot of a Ford Falcon from where the explosion is believed to have happened.
Queensland Fire and Emergency acting station officer Darryl Williamson said the cause of the explosion was unknown.
"Early this morning we responded to a motor vehicle explosion. Upon arrival there was extensive damage to the vehicle due to the explosion, the cause is unknown at this stage," he said.
"The occupant of the vehicle was a male who sustained serious injuries. He was in a lot of pain. He was extremely lucky there was only himself in the vehicle and there weren't more passengers in the car. It could have been catastrophic.
"Further investigations will be conducted."
The cause is yet to be determined.