Truck driver jumps back into burning vehicle - twice
WHEN Hope Parker heard a massive explosion, she raced outside to see a truck in flames.
Minutes later the truck driver jumped back into the burning vehicle - not once, but twice - to move it away from fuel bowsers which could have made the situation a whole lot worse.
At about 11am today, a Raven's Towing truck pulled into the service station attached to the Mann River Caravan park when its tyre blew, causing the truck to catch fire.
"I'm not 100% sure what happened, but something must have heated up and when he pulled up, the tyre popped and it all caught fire," owner of the park Mrs Parker said.
"It was such a loud bang, people at the other end of the caravan park heard it and came up."
She raced outside to see her husband, Curtis, attempting to put out the fire.
"Then the driver got back in the truck while it was on fire and moved it away from the fuel bowsers, then jumped back in again and moved it further down the road," Mrs Parker said.
"I was worried the whole thing was going to blow up - you never know what these trucks are carrying."
Luckily the truck's load was believed to be only roadworks materials.
Mrs Parker rang 000, while a local fire fighter who witnessed the event raced to the station to get the truck ready for the firies to attend.
"I didn't think it was going to stay alight for so long; the boys couldn't put it out but once the fire brigade got there they put it out," she said.
The DEX contacted Raven's Smash Repairs to chat to the hero driver who put his life on the line to move the truck out of a situation which could have been so much worse, however they chose not to comment.
No one was hurt during the ordeal.
"I just can't believe the truckie jumped in twice while it was on fire and moved it back away from our fuel bowsers.," Mrs Parker said.