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Raak Plain Truck Wreck by MartinBennet Raak Plain Truck Wreck by MartinBennet
A blown-up fuel tanker truck I stumbled across while exploring the remains of the Nowingi-Millewa South railway on the northern edge of Victoria's Raak Plain, about 10km due west of Nowingi. September 2010.

I later found the story behind this accident: At 9:45am on 24/11/81, this truck was transporting a full load of diesel to the Brunswick Plaster Mills gypsum mine site, for use in re-fueling the locomotive used that was used to haul the gypsum along the railway back to the mainline at Nowingi. Sometimes if the fuel truck met the train along the line, it would stop and refuel the locomotive as they passed. On this occasion, the truck driver turned the truck around on seeing the train approaching, in preparation to perform the refueling. However the train driver said the fuel was not required, so the tanker had to turn around again to continue to the mine site. While turning this second time the truck hit a patch of uneven ground, and overturned. The driver managed to smash his way clear of the cab shortly before the truck exploded.
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September 29, 2010
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Canon EOS 50D
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Sep 23, 2010, 11:01:42 AM