Driver escapes truck fire on Albany Highway
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.
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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