Chaos after Kombi explodes into flames on M1

5PM: TRAFFIC on the M1 is slowly picking up speed after an earlier fire forced the motorway’s closure at Coomera.

All southbound lanes were blocked after a Kombi Van flipped and burst into flames around 3.20pm near Exit 57.

No one was injured, however traffic was thrown into chaos for more than an hour with delays stretching back past Ormeau.


Translink has advised that buses travelling in both directions could experience delays of up to 60 minutes.

Traffic delays

FIRST on myGC: PARTS of the Pacific Motorway have been closed after what is thought to be a Kombi Van flipped and exploded into flames this afternoon.

It’s understood the vehicle was travelling in the southbound lanes when it rolled and burst into a fierce fireball as it approached Exit 57 around 3.20pm.

Emergency services rushed to the scene where all occupants were accounted for.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident.

Crash fire - Alex

IMAGE: Alex Myer

All four southbound lanes were initially closed while the fire was extinguished and wreckage cleared.

Traffic has been brought to a standstill, with motorists urged to seek an alternate route.

Some motorists are exiting the motorway at Exit 45 (Ormeau) and making use of local service roads to get home.

At 3.50pm, police had reopened one southbound lane with the remaining three expected to be reopen by 4.30pm.

Translink advises that buses travelling in both directions will experience delays of up to 60 minutes.


IMAGE: Valiant Nhong