AN elderly woman narrowly escaped injury after her car burst into flames near Beaudesert on Monday.
The woman was waiting to pass through roadworks on the Mount Lindesay Highway at Cryna about 1.15pm when her Toyota Rav 4 started emitting smoke from the engine bay.
Shortly after she pulled over and exited the vehicle, the Rav 4 was engulfed in flames.
Nearby motorists and roadwork crews vainly attempted to put out the flames with fire extinguishers, but they had no effect as the fire tore through the car.
Black smoke billowed into the air above Cryna and hundreds and cars and trucks were forced to sit and wait as the incident unfolded.
A fire crew from Kooralbyn arrived on the scene about 1.40 and quickly extinguished the flames.
The car was totally destroyed.
Rev It Up Automotive mechanic Adam Jobson was sitting in his car behind the Rav 4 when he noticed the smoke spilling out of the Toyota’s engine bay.
Mr Jobson said he ran over and helped the woman out of the car before the flames took hold.
“We got her out and it just took off. Within about two or three minutes it took hold,” he said.
Mr Jobson said he attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but the fire was already too strong.
The incident blocked both lanes of the Mount Lindesay Highway near the Glen Eden Thoroughbred Training Complex, with some cars forced to wait almost 45 minutes to pass the scene.
The road was re-opened to traffic about 2.10pm but delays were still being felt at 2.30pm as traffic control tried to clear a backlog of vehicles.