Truck fire closes highway

A semi-trailer burst into flames on the Hume Highway early Thursday morning, closing the south-bound lanes for several hours.

Police said the b-double was heading south past the Yass Service Centre about 2.38am yesterday when it left the road.

The truck hit the safety barrier and slid along it until coming to a stop a little further up the road.

The prime mover, carrying bags of a power used to glue tiles down, burst into flames.

Police said the fire engulfed the vehicle, completely destroying the cab and trailers.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Lawrence Mercieca.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Lawrence Mercieca.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Lawrence Mercieca.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Lawrence Mercieca.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Lawrence Mercieca.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Lawrence Mercieca.

Aftermath of truck fire. photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Oliver Watson.

Aftermath of truck fire. Photo by: Oliver Watson.

Luckily the driver was able to escape unscathed. He was taken to hospital and treated for shock.

It took fire fighters about half-an-hour to put out the flames. However, the wreckage smouldered for several more hours.

Traffic was completely cut off in the south-bound lane until around 5.45am when one lane opened.