September 30, 2022

Not the lettuce! Truck with cargo of the suddenly expensive salad staple goes up in flames in a very costly explosion – while a female driver narrowly escapes with her life

  • Coles truck explodes in flames after collision with SUV on Sunshine Coast
  • The accident happened at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday on the Bruce Highway
  • The 4WD was stuck under the truck for almost a kilometer
  • Truck driver stopped and managed to retrieve 20-year-old woman from wreckage
  • Both drivers walked away from the crash with no serious injuries

A Coles truck carrying a load of lettuce has gone up in flames in a very costly explosion after a four-wheel drive collision.

The crash happened at 11:40pm on Bruce Highway on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Wednesday night, with the car wedged under the lorry and being dragged for nearly a kilometer before both vehicles caught fire.

The truck driver immediately stopped and rushed to help the 20-year-old female driver and managed to pull her out of the wreckage with the help of a witness.

A Coles supermarket truck carrying a load of lettuce has burst into flames (pictured) after a four-wheel drive collision on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Wednesday night

The truck driver immediately stopped and rushed to help the 20-year-old woman and managed to pull her out of the wreckage (pictured) with the help of a witness

“He dragged her for at least 700-800 meters before stopping because he didn’t realize he had something behind him,” witness Anthony Puleo said. 7NEWS.

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Both drivers escaped unhurt.

Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia that the Bruce Highway was partially closed for several hours.

The flames have now been extinguished.

The loss of the truck’s contents comes at a time when lettuce has become a symbol of the cost of living in Australia.

Multiple floods that devastated crops in southeastern Queensland and northern NSW in March and May, combined with high fuel prices and shortages of farm workers, have pushed the price of the salad staple to a staggering $12 per capita. .

A shopper in Brisbane recently posted an image to social media of an iceberg lettuce selling for $11.99 in her local supermarket.

Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie blamed Australians for lack of overseas backpackers who paid $12 for a lettuce (pictured)

Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie claimed on ABC’s Q&A program last month that vegetable prices had risen because farmers were reluctant to plant crops – just weeks after growers in Queensland and NSW cleared the second wave of flooding this year.

“Want to know why your lettuce costs $12?

‘Farmers don’t plant because they don’t have the people to bring in the crop.

“That means the price of food will go up, it’s that simple.”