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Eyre Highway closed after truck fire

The Eyre Highway has been closed in both directions at Coorabie, SA, near the WA border, after a truck carrying dangerous goods caught fire.

SA Police says the driver was able to escape without injury and unhook one of the trailers.

The incident, which happened around 100km west of Ceduna, occurred just before 4am this morning. Emergency services were called after reports that a road train carrying hazardous substances was on fire.

A large amount of the chemical being carried by the truck, believed to be cyanide-based, spilled onto the road and emergency services worked quickly to extinguish the blaze, which also caused toxic smoke.

The Eyre Highway is expected to be closed for some time while the clean-up continues.

SA Police advised, “Please be patient if you are heading that way and seek direction from emergency services, it is unknown how long the highway will be closed for at this time.”

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