Lucky escape following crash in grass fire – Kunwarara

Photo: Queensland Police

Police have managed to rescue man and his dog in the nick of time before their minivan was engulfed by a grass fire burning at Kunwarara this morning, Queensland Police say.

Just before 11am officers were conducting patrols south of Marlborough when they spotted a large blaze burning at Grosvenor Park across Kunwarara Road.

As police directed traffic around the smoke they heard a loud crash within the haze after a minivan collided with the rear of a truck.

Both vehicles emerged from the smoke before the minivan lost control and veered off the road – just metres from where the fire burned out of control.

The minivan became stuck in the grass and officers moved quickly to help the 74-year-old male driver and his dog exit the vehicle.

Soon after the van was engulfed by the flames and completely destroyed.

Body worn vision of the incident also shows following the rescue a semi-trailer emerge from the smoke, moving at significant speed.

Police would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to slow down and exercise extreme caution when driving through smoke hazards.

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