The scene of an explosion caused after a truck carrying fertiliser crashed and rolled on Cunnamulla Rd between Charleville and Wyandra. Photo Contributed
The scene of an explosion caused after a truck carrying fertiliser crashed and rolled on Cunnamulla Rd between Charleville and Wyandra. Photo Contributed Contributed

Firies to receive award after truck explosion valour

FIREFIGHTERS injured while saving lives at a truck rollover and explosion 30km south of Charleville in September will receive bravery awards.

Two fire crews risked their lives to help the injured driver, knowing his nearby truck carried 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate and was likely to explode.

While firies administered first aid to the driver and evacuated civilians from the site, the load exploded in a blast so powerful it blew a 5m-wide crater in the Mitchell Hwy.

It destroyed the truck, two bridges, severely damaged two fire appliances and injured eight people, the truck driver, four firefighters, two bystanders and a police officer.

Despite their injuries and periods of unconsciousness, the firies continued with rescue operations and helped evacuate everyone.

On Monday lieutenants Jake Sullivan and Peter Hackwood will receive the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner's Medal for Valour and firefighters Nathan Thompson and Clinten McCarthy will receive the Commissioner's Commendation for Bravery Award.

Fire communications officers Leigh Murphy and James Harris will receive Commissioner's Unit Citations for extraordinary professionalism during the incident.

- APN NEWSDESK

 


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