West Gate Freeway: Truck fire at Todd St exit causes traffic chaos in Melbourne

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  • Fire on West Gate Freeway 
  • Two lanes are closed 

A truck has caught on fire on a major Melbourne highway causing major traffic disruptions.

Firefighters were called to a cement truck on fire near the inbound exit to Todd Rd on the West Gate Freeway, in Port Melbourne, at about 1.10pm on Tuesday.

The scene was under control by 1.30pm but fire crews remained for some time afterwards.

The inbound exit was closed due to the fire and two left lanes of the freeway off the West Gate Bridge were also closed. 

A truck has caught on fire on the West Gate Freeway in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon

A truck has caught on fire on the West Gate Freeway in Melbourne on Tuesday afternoon 

 

Emergency services attended the scene and attempted to put out the blaze

Emergency services attended the scene and attempted to put out the blaze 

Motorists have been urged to use the Montague Street exit instead. 

Police said the driver of the truck, a 35-year-old man, was able to pull the vehicle over safely and he did not sustain any injuries.

Footage posted to X shows the truck engulfed in flames and smoke as firefighters work desperately to get the blaze under control.

According to the department of transport, there are ‘significant inbound delays on the West Gate Freeway from the M80 Interchange’. 

Drivers are being warned to remain vigilant for smoke in the area.

The exact circumstances surrounding the fire are yet to be determined.

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