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Highway open after truck explosion

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THE Pacific Highway at Woodburn has reopened after a truck explosion in the early hours of the morning caused its closure.

A 25 metre B-double truck with a transport of fruit destined for Woolworths shelves in Brisbane caught alight on the Pacific Highway at Woodburn around 12.15am.

Captain of the NSW Fire Brigade, Evans Head, Captain Ralph Lohse said they don't know what started the fire.

"It appears the prime mover caught fire first," he said.

"There were intense flames reaching as high as five to six metres."

It took 60 minutes to extinguish the cabin and the A frame of the truck with the B trailer still smouldering at time of writing.

"The driver sensed something was wrong and pulled off the road," Capt Lohse said.

"Nobody was hurt."

Local residents had heard the sound of the tires exploding, waking them from their sleep.

"It sounded like fireworks," Sylvia Kilroy said.

"I thought it was someone celebrating Australia Day."

The scene was attended by police, three Rural Fire Service units, two NSW Fire Brigades and a HAZMAT team.



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