THREE PEOPLE ARE COUNTING their blessings in Queensland, Australia, today. Early Monday morning a gasoline tanker carrying 25,000 gallons of product collided head-on with a car triggering an explosive fire that destroyed both vehicles.
The truck driver and two passengers in the car escaped the wreckage.
9News tv network is reporting:
A 500m exclusion area was set up around the crash site after the explosion sparked a grass fire.
Two people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A Queensland Police Media spokeswoman said it was lucky that no one was killed in the head-on smash.
THE NORTHWEST COAST OF AUSTRALIA was stricken by costly, extensive flooding Sunday caused by Cyclone Oswald. The storm primarily affected the state of Queensland where flash flooding innundated several coastal cities and caused the deaths of at least 4 people.
However one small area was affected by a natural phenomenon rarely seen, floods of sea foam.
Meteorologists say that this occurs when strong winds drive air into large ocean waves causing a soapsuds-looking foam in the water. As these surprised citizens witnessed the huge foam flood measuring 4 feet deep come flowing into their homes and shopping centers, many grabbed their video cameras and dutifully posted their videos onto YouTube.
ELEVEN PEOPLE INCLUDING EIGHT CHILDREN ages 3 to 18, perished early Wednesday morning when a fire trapped them in their Queensland, Australia, house.
The large home was the residence of two families from Samoa (some reports say possibly 3 families) and they were all asleep on the second floor when the fire broke out. Three men escaped the blaze, but the 8 children and 3 other adults never attempted to get out. One of the survivors was described by Adelaide Now:
Among them is Jeremiah Lale, who has lost his wife and five children, aged seven to 18. He had fought with everything he had to save them from the fire that tore through their home with deadly speed early today.
With flames all around him, he broke a second-storey window and hurled mattresses on to the ground, screaming for his family to follow him. He leapt out and opened his arms to catch his children but they didn't come. Nor did five others who had been asleep inside the tin-and-fibro home.
"He called them to come and he jumped down and waited," said Faimalotoa John Pali, the chief and president of the Voice of the Samoan People in Logan, who sat with Mr Lale today. "But they all ran into the one room together and, I think with the others, they all died in that room."
The house was fully involved when the fire units arrived on the scene. The dispatch was not sent until the fire was well underway and neighbors were awakened by the sounds of the blaze.
ABC Television News posted this video report from the scene:
Investigation into the incident including the cause is just getting underway. There is still no verification of the victims' identities nor for certain how many there are.
The UK Daily Mail has more plus an extensive photo gallery HERE.
IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA SATURDAY MORNING, THE FIRE BRIGADE teamed up with the electric company to make a high-angle rescue. A 32-yr.-old woman was making a sport parachute drop when she grazed an 11,000-volt power line, snagging her ‘chute and leaving her dangling 25 to 30 feet above the ground.
While the paramedics waited below, firefighter were taken aloft in the power co’s. bucket with the electrical worker and after about a half-hour they had removed the woman from her entrapment. The accident left her hanging for two hours with serious burns to her neck, chest, legs, and feet. An air ambulance transported her to the hospital in Brisbane.