M1 fully reopened after 22hr closure
The M1 southbound has completely reopened after a truck explosion shut down Queensland's busiest road for nearly a full day.
Police have confirmed all lanes of the M1 were reopened around 7am on Saturday, after early morning roadworks were completed.
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) August 4, 2017
The M1 was closed in both directions at 8:40am Friday after a truck carrying sulphuric acid exploded in the southbound left lanes at Loganholme.
Northbound lanes were able to be reopened after three hours, but southbound lanes remained out of action until 5pm Friday when two out of three lanes opened to traffic.
RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the shutdown of the M1 caused significant headaches to tens of thousands of motorists.
“While there were alternative routes put in place relatively quickly following the truck fire, the traffic impact of this crash was felt for hours,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Drivers were forced to go onto the Logan Motorway to go around the incident, but luckily tolls were removed during that time by the State Government to lessen frustrations.
“We’re hopeful we won’t be seeing an incident like this again in the future.”