Fire after LNG tanker crash in Pilbara
Summary: A COLLISION between trucks in Western Australia has resulted in the discharge of liquefied natural gas and a 2.6km exclusion zone.....
The crash happened 20km south of Nanutarra on the North West Coastal Highway on Monday just before 8.30pm and resulted in a rupture of the LNG tanker, which has caused it to discharge gas.
One of the trailers from the tanker truck detached and caught on fire, while the other trailer remains attached and was venting gas, which had initially made it too dangerous to approach.
The tanker truck was believed to have been carrying approximately 31 tonnes of gas.
This situation was more precarious with a large bushfire in close proximity to the tanker, police say.
The exclusion zone is being enforced and all motorists are being advised to avoid the area until further notice.
Traffic has been stopped at the Nanutarra Road House, in an endeavour to alleviate traffic banking up, and to keep people near facilities.
Northwest Coastal Highway is closed in both directions, between Nanutarra Roadhouse and Burkett Road.
While emergency services say there is no direct threat to the community, local people have been advised to remain inside with doors and windows closed.
Air conditioners should also be switched off.