1 April 2024

Car fire, crash impacts run home for holiday traffic

| Kim Treasure
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A car has caught on fire between Braidwood and Bungendore, causing traffic delays. Photo: Emma Mitchell.

Heavy holiday traffic is being affected by a car fire on the Kings Highway and a crash on Mount Ousley, north of Wollongong.

The car fire was reported at Manar, near the Goulburn Road turnoff, between Braidwood and Bungendore, shortly after 1 pm on Monday 1 April 2024.

Emergency services are attending and have advised motorists to take extra caution and allow extra travel time.

Police are directing traffic on site.

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The incident happened as traffic began to build for the trip home after the four-day Easter holiday weekend.

Perfect autumn weather boosted the number of holiday-makers enjoying the coast but is likely to contribute to a long trip home for many.

Significant delays are also predicted through Milton/Ulladulla, and a two-car crash at New Mount Pleasant Road on Mount Ousley has also closed a northbound lane.

Authorities are urging motorists to plan their journey and to show extra patience at peak travel times.

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Going to wonder for most of these. How many are minor crashes that involve an EV that turn into out of control car fires?

Capital Retro5:52 pm 01 Apr 24

It won’t be reported as such.

Of course you are.

In the absence of any information whatsoever, let’s just jump to conclusions, because there have been so many EV battery fires in Australia … like the massive total of 6 since 2010.

There has been more than 6, and the fires have been exceptional. The Janus truck fire in Melbourne closed for traffic for ages, the sydney airport car fire took out 5 other cars.

Lithium dendrite formation causes many fires, over 1000 in the past year. Our own recycling centre was destroyed by a battery fire.

I’d say the peak period is going to be in a few years, where the cheaper mass produced batteries will occasionally have a wearing use flaw that causes thermal runaway.
Its not a case of it, its a case of when.

So you still have a mobile phone and charge it at home do you? Bit hypocritical don’t you think?

Jones McDaniels9:09 am 02 Apr 24

So you’re comparing a tiny Li-ion in a phone to a massive bank in a vehicle? Classic strawman argument? I’m pretty sure phone fires don’t shut down roads or destroy multiple cars. However, I once put a powered memory card into my microwave for 10 seconds to wipe the data – huge mistake. The smell from the melted device made my apartment smell metallic for weeks. I had to leave for the day and leave all the windows open when I did it. It was this heavy metallic odour that was like nothing I’d experienced. Smoke from these things is not like smoke from burning wood or anything else. I really think this is the most dangerous thing greenies have pushed on us, more than recklessly shutting down coal power plants.

@Jones McDaniels
Strawman argument? Just check how many house fires have been caused by mobile phones left in chargers. And roads get shut down quite regularly from ICE vehicle accidents as well – but of course that’s not important is it?

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