A tanker carrying fuel to flood affected areas in western Queensland has exploded near Barcaldine. Picture: Supplied
A tanker carrying fuel to flood affected areas in western Queensland has exploded near Barcaldine. Picture: Supplied

Fuel tanker explodes, melts into road

A TANKER carrying fuel to flood-affected parts of northwest Queensland has exploded on the Landsborough Highway, west of Barcaldine.

The truck was carrying two different chemicals when a possible tyre blowout caused the explosion about 5.30am.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours.

The driver of the vehicle escaped uninjured in what Inspector Julia Cook described as a "extreme force of heat."

The clean-up is expected to be a lengthy process, with parts of the truck sticking to the road as it fused to the bitumen.

Inspector Cook said the tanker may have been carrying fuel to flood-affected areas.

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