Driver escapes truck fire on Albany Highway

Michael TraillThe West Australian
A fire destroyed a truck on the Albany Highway.
Camera IconA fire destroyed a truck on the Albany Highway. Credit: Williams Police/Twitter, unknown

A truck driver had a lucky escape overnight after his vehicle was engulfed in flames in country WA.

The driver, a man in his early 40s, heard a bang coming from his engine before his cabin was filled with smoke about 8:40pm on Wednesday.

At the time he was travelling along Albany Highway near Arthur River — about 200km south-east of Perth.

He managed to escape the cabin but was treated for smoke inhalation at a hospital in nearby Wagin.

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It took volunteer firefighters about an hour to extinguish the initial blaze.

The truck, it’s first trailer and load were completely lost after the fire reignited just after 11pm, according to a Department of Fire Emergency Services spokeswoman.

DFES estimates $200,000 - $300,000 worth of damage was cause to the truck and it’s trailers.

Williams police posted a photo of the blaze being put out by local volunteer firefighters.

“This truck driver had a lucky escape tonight,” they wrote on Twitter early this morning.

“Big shout out to the volunteer fire and rescue service for their efforts.”

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