- One person is dead and a man is fighting for life after fiery crash in Queensland
- A vehicle collided with a fuel tanker, which exploded, on the Barkly Highway
- Emergency services unable to approach the vehicles as blaze continues to burn
- Police say they do not know if there are more casualties stuck in the fire
One person is dead and a man has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition following a serious crash in the north west of Queensland.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Barkly Highway about 8.40am on Thursday, where a fuel tanker had become ablaze following the crash.
Huge plumes of dark smoke were seen coming from the fuel tanker, and the vehicle involved was found on its side.
One person is dead and another is fighting for life after a fiery crash on the Barkly Highway in north west Queensland
A spokeswoman for Ambulance NSW told Daily Mail Australia said a male patient was transported to Cloncurry Hospital, and a second was assessed for critical injuries but did not require transport.
Sergeant Ross Kirkpatrick told the ABC the fuel tank exploded upon collision with the vehicle, and it was not known if there were more casualties.
‘It’s very hard to get close and make further investigations as to further potential patients,’ he said.
‘With that much fuel around it’s really caused quite an incident, really there’s not much more they can do other than let the fuel burn out for the time being.’
As of 3pm, the fire is understood to still be raging, and police are unable to approach the tanker due to the intensity of the blaze.
The highway remains closed.
A vehicle collided with a fuel tanker on Thursday morning, causing the tanker to explode and the vehicle to roll over
Emergency services are unable to get close to the vehicles as the blaze continues to rage hours later (pictured)