Driver escapes truck inferno at Telemon Crossing

DESTROYED: The driver was asleep in this cab at the time the fire broke out. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
DESTROYED: The driver was asleep in this cab at the time the fire broke out. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services responded to reports of a truck fire on the Mount Lindesay Highway in the early hours of this morning.

A QFES spokeswoman said three crews of firefighters answered the call and arrived at the scene south of Tamrookum about 3.30am to find a truck alight on the side of the road.

"The fire was extinguished by 4am and firefighters remained on hand until 4.45am to ensure the road was safe and the fire was completely out," she said.

Truck driver James Lawson said he had pulled over for a sleep after driving nine hours from Roma with a load of cattle yesterday. 

"I woke up when it started getting hot," he said.

"The fire was behind the dash, I could see smoke and a bit of flame."

The truck was parked on the Mount Lindesay Highway south of Tamrookum.

The truck was parked on the Mount Lindesay Highway south of Tamrookum.

Mr Lawson, who was still with the burnt-out truck at 7am, said he had been lucky to have woken up in time to escape the flames that quickly destroyed the entire cab of the truck and call 000.

"I didn't lose everything though, I managed to save my fridge," he said.

"It came flying out after me when I ran out the door."

Mr Lawson said he had been due to deliver another load of cattle today from Telemon Crossing to Dinmore but the truck did not contain any animals at the time of the fire.