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Post goes up in smoke as trailer is destroyed

The Australia Post truck that was completely burnt out in a fire at Swan Creek this morning. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner
The Australia Post truck that was completely burnt out in a fire at Swan Creek this morning. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner Georja Ryan

11.00AM: THE contents of a carriage on an Australia Post truck have been lost in a spectacular fire on the Pacific Hwy at Swan Creek.

About 6am Friday emergency crews were called to the scene just north of Grafton.

It is believed a passing motorist saw the trailer alight and alerted the driver who could not see the fire through the thick fog.

The truck driver pulled up on the side of the highway and managed to unhook the cabin and front carriage before the fire spread.

He attempted to put out the fire with a small on-board extinguisher until emergency crews arrived.

The highway was closed for just over an hour and reopened at 7.30am after the blaze was put out.

Swan Creek resident Bruce Hall said he heard a few strange noises out the front house but thought nothing of it until a second loud explosion.

"I heard a boom, but thought it was nothing because that's just part of living on the highway - you hear strange noises," Mr Hall said.

"But a few minutes later I heard another boom and so I stuck my head out of the window and saw a truck up in flames.

"The booms were the tyres exploding."

More in tomorrow's The Daily Examiner.

Regular accidents on the Pacific Highway have seen it rated the worst road in the state.
Regular accidents on the Pacific Highway have seen it rated the worst road in the state.

7.50AM: THE Pacific Highway has reopened in both directions at Swan Creek following a truck fire just near McPhee Street.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution as the truck remains on the side of the road and a salvage operation will take place later today.

7.30AM: The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions at Swan Creek, just north of Grafton, due to a truck on fire near McPhee Street.

Emergency services and traffic crews are at the incident site working to clear it as quickly as possible.

Motorists are advised to delay their journey or to consider using the Summerland Way and the Bruxner Highway as an alternative route between Grafton and Ballina however this will add around 45 minutes extra travel time to the journey.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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