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Late for a wedding
A Maryborough couple heading to a family wedding in Melbourne recently had their travel plans thrown into chaos.
By Christopher Simmins
The couple’s car caught fire as they travelled along the Pyrenees Hwy through the Green Gully area near Newstead on Saturday morning 11 October 2014.
Crews from Newstead brigade quickly responded. By the time they arrived, the fire had taken hold in the engine bay, and was being fuelled by the large amount of vehicle plastic. The vehicle had been running on LPG and initially gave the fire crews a few anxious moments.
The driver said, "everything had appeared normal as we drove along, then a strong smell of burning plastic filled the car.
"I pulled over to see what was happening, then noticed the paint on the bonnet beginning to blister. Stinking black smoke started to fill the cabin and we immediately got out. It all happened very quickly," he said.
Fire and police crews praised the quick thinking of the driver for getting his disabled vehicle off a dangerous section of hilly and winding road.
An electrical fault is believed to have started the fire. A Newstead brigade member commented that it was fortunate that the day was cool and the bush area green. The scenario could have been quite different on a hot or TFB day. Traffic was disrupted for 30 minutes until the road was cleared. There were no injuries.
Images by Christopher Simmins