Lorryload of toilet paper catches fire in Brisbane

  • March 5, 2020

A truck carrying toilet paper caught fire on the Gateway Bridge in Brisbane. Photo: ABC News

A lorry carrying toilet paper had caught fire due to a mechanical fault, amidst Australia’s coronavirus-induced buying frenzy of toilet paper.

A semi-trailer carrying hundreds of rolls of toilet paper caught fire in Brisbane overnight.

The B-double semi-trailer caught fire on the north-bound lane of the Gateway Bridge just before 10:00 pm requiring two fire crews to extinguish it.

“The driver managed to escape the cabin and was unharmed. Traffic was backed up after the north-bound lane was closed for several hours,” ABC reported.

All lanes on the bridge have now been reopened.

Authorities and supermarkets have stressed there is no need to stockpile, but it doesn’t seem to be stopping the rush.

To help out, a Northern Territory newspaper known for it’s humorous headlines has printed an eight page “toilet paper” pullout section, for those who may have run out.