One dead, another critical after petrol tanker explodes in horror crash

AT least one person has been killed and one other has been critically injured in an explosion following a horror crash involving a petrol tanker on a highway in northwest Queensland.

The tanker exploded after a sedan towing a caravan smashed into the back of it on the Barkly Highway near Mt Isa, around 10km west of Cloncurry, around 8.30am on Thursday.

Emergency services arrived at the scene to find the tanker fully ablaze with both the driver of the truck and a man from the sedan still trapped in the wreck.


The man was extricated from the sedan but it’s understood emergency services were unable to reach the driver of the truck and sadly he perished in the interno.

The injured man has been rushed to Cloncurry Hospital in a critical condition.

The highway has been closed in both directions between Mt Isa and Cloncurry.

No further information was available at the time of writing.