Emergency services were called to two serious incidents on the Captain Cook Highway this morning, including a bus fire at Aeroglen and a collision between a truck and a pedestrian in Mowbray.
Authorities say the fire which engulfed the Sunbus started in the engine bay.
The driver and all passengers managed to safely escape.
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“There were 12 people on board and fortunately no one was injured,” Senior Constable Matt Cornish said.
“It appears as the though the fire has started in the engine bay.
“Police also want to thank motorists who patiently obeyed the instructions of officers at the scene.”
It took two fire crews about an hour to extinguish the blaze after arriving on scene just after 9.30am.
The bus has been destroyed.
A spokesperson for Sunbus told Tropic Now it is investigating the incident.
"We commend our driver who swiftly and safely evacuated passengers," they said.
"We have commenced an immediate investigation to understand the cause of the incident.”
Meanwhile, a man has been airlifted to hospital after being hit by a truck on the Captain Cook Highway at Mowbray, just south of Port Douglas.
Police say the truck driver tried to swerve to avoid the collision.
“A man in his twenties has been struck by a truck at the Mowbray River – on the bridge – and has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition,” Senior Constable Matt Cornish said.
“Investigations are at their initial stages.”
He said whether the incident was one of self-harm will form part of those investigations.
If this story has raised any concerns or issues for you, Lifeline can be reached on 13 11 14.
- Emergency services have responded to two separate serious incidents on the Captain Cook Highway today
- In Aeroglen, a public bus has been destroyed by fire
- A man has also been airlifted to hospital after being struck by a truck in Mowbray