Truck carrying explosives catches fire and BLOWS UP in the Outback – as police launch search for missing driver
- Driver Tony Hickey, 67, is missing after his explosives truck blew up in Outback
- The explosion took place at around 5pm on Friday evening near Sandstone, WA
- Mr Hickey is being treated as a missing person and cops appealed for witnesses
A truck loaded with explosives has caught fire and blown up, and its driver is missing in a remote area of Western Australia.
Police were notified of the explosion about 5pm on Friday near the small town of Sandstone, but could not find the driver, 67-year-old Tony Hickey, in the truck or nearby.
Driver Tony Hickey, 67, is missing after his explosives truck blew up in the Outback
Police are continuing their land search for Mr Hickey on Saturday, while a specialist forensic team is investigating the cause of the explosion.
‘A search of the area did not locate Mr Hickey and, given the remote area and the explosion, police are very concerned for his welfare,’ WA Police Inspector Dean Snashall said.
‘It was established that Mr Hickey was driving this truck which at the time was carrying a quantity of explosives.
Roads were closed while debris from the truck was cleared up.
Police appealed for witnesses who might have seen or picked up Mr Hickey.