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Highway closed for hours after fiery crash

THE D’Aguilar Highway has been closed in both directions, following a “serious” fiery single vehicle crash, northwest of Brisbane.

Emergency crews were called to the crash at D’Aguilar near McLeod Lane, just before 5am.

Police would not confirm a fatality, saying only that the crash was “serious”.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed they attended the crash, but did not transfer any patients.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the car was well alight when crews arrived, and had spread to nearby grassland.

Police said the D’Aguilar Highway was closed in both direction between Bracalba and D’Aguilar and is expected to be closed until at least 9am.

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Police say that on September 12 a man attempted to steal a car at knifepoint on Astor Terrace in Spring Hill in Brisbane.

The 39-year-old male driver managed to escape unharmed in his vehicle.

It’s alleged the same man threatened an 80-year-old woman the next day with a knife on Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill before stealing her brown Mercedes Benz.

He allegedly drove into the parked police vehicle before fleeing the scene.

The car again fled the scene, allegedly damaging police vehicles in the process.

A pursuit began before a tyre deflation device was successfully deployed on Bridge St.

The vehicle allegedly continued to travel at high speed on all four rims along Anzac Avenue, again colliding with another two police cars before losing control and coming to a stop.

Police arrested the driver at the scene.

A 27-year-old Wynnum West man has been charged with 14 offences including two counts of serious assault police and dangerous operation of a vehicle, and one count each of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, fail to stop motor vehicle, unlicensed driving, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing tainted property, possessing property expected to commit a drug offence, enter premises and commit indictable offence and failure to take precaution with a syringe.

Originally published as Highway closed for hours after fiery crash

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