Burnt out removalist truck reignites during salvage mission
UPDATE 5PM: Rural Fire Services crews have responded to extinguish the truck that was burnt out near Cowper this morning after it reignited while it was being transported to be scrapped in Woolgoolga.
The pantech-style removalist truck was carrying furniture, clothing and other household items when it first caught on fire, and whilst on a trailer transported from the scene the blaze reignited around 3.45pm on Orara Way, near Braunstone.
Rural Fire Service's Inspector Ben Shepherd said three RFS crews responded to the second blaze, which also damaged the trailer carrying the burnt out truck.
"When the recovered vehicle was being transported to Woolgoolga, the prime mover driver noticed the cargo has reignited, and the tarp covering the cargo was alight," he said.
"The trailer has detached itself from the prime mover, and received some damage."
Insp Shepherd said fire flared up again after hot material left in the wreck was exposed to wind during transportation.
The original cause of the blaze has not been determined, though Insp Shepherd said it is not suspicious and is not marked for investigation.
UPDATE: A truck has been completely destroyed by fire in an incident that shut down the Pacific Highway early this morning.
Police said the driver of the truck was heading south when he noticed the truck was on fire, before pulling over and calling 000.
Grafton RFS responded to the call and extinguished the blaze, but were called back at around 7.30am when some of the debris started to smoke again.
The driver of the truck was unharmed in the incident, and police are not conducting an investigation into the accident.
One of two southbound lanes were closed as emergency services, the Roads and Maritime Services and a heavy tow truck attended the scene and there were intermittent road closures for vehicle salvage, with both lanes reopening around 9.45am.
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EARLIER: Traffic has been disrupted on the Pacific Highway after a truck caught fire near Cowper this morning.
One of two southbound lanes is closed and motorists are urged to exercise caution.
Emergency services, the Roads and Maritime Services and a heavy tow truck are attending the scene and there will be intermittent road closures for vehicle salvage.