Coroner to probe fatal WA truck explosion

Police confirms human remains found at the scene

Coroner to probe fatal WA truck explosion
Police are preparing a report for the coroner


A coronial investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of a fatal truck explosion in remote Western Australia.   

A truck filled with explosives burst into flames near Mount Magnet on Friday, July 26 while travelling on the Sandstone-Menzies road between Sandstone and Menzies en route to a licensed blast site at Bulga Downs station.

The driver, Tony Hickey, had initially been reported as missing.

According to reports, forensic officers were not able to fully assess the scene at the time due to potential undetonated explosives left in the wreckage.

However, a later search led to the discovery of human remains.

A COR investigation is also underway after a truck/coach crash in Victoria

"Mt Magnet Police are preparing a report to the Coroner in relation to an incident that occurred on the Menzies Road in Sandstone on the afternoon of Friday 26 July 2019," a police spokesperson tells ATN.

"An explosion has occurred on the truck. Police attended the area and recovered human remains believed to be that of the driver of the truck.

"The matter is now being investigated as a coronial investigation. "

Hickey was managing director of BD Explosives, a Baldivis-based explosives manufacturer and transporter.

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