Damaged fire trucks at the scene of an explosion caused after a truck carrying fertiliser crashed and rolled on Cunnamulla Rd between Charleville and Wyandra. Photo Contributed
Damaged fire trucks at the scene of an explosion caused after a truck carrying fertiliser crashed and rolled on Cunnamulla Rd between Charleville and Wyandra. Photo Contributed Contributed

New route opens early following truck explosion

A NEW trucking route near Charleville has been opened three weeks early at the site of a truck explosion which injured eight people, destroyed a fire truck and pulverised a cement bridge.

The road link has been closed since a truck carrying 56 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashed and exploded on September 6.

The new side route, crossing Angellala Creek on the Mitchell Hwy, can cater for all vehicles including road trains which regularly use the major transport route.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said crews worked around the clock to complete the fully sealed road.

"Last week we were able to give motorists, grey nomads, school buses and small trucks access to our construction side track, which really helped remove congestion from the detour routes," he said.

"Now our vital heavy vehicle industry can use the new side-track, reducing delays."

-APN NEWSDESK



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