A DRIVER has been killed in an horrific accident south of Manilla after the car hit a tree and burst into flames yesterday afternoon.
Nearby landholders rushed to the scene on Rushes Creek Rd, near Lake Keepit, just after 1pm after they heard an explosion and saw a black plume of smoke.
On arrival their worst fears were realised when they discovered a car engulfed in flames.
Lake Keepit Park manager Scott Taylor said it was an unimaginable scene.
“We immediately thought the worst and thought it was in the park,” Mr Taylor said.
“One of the receptionists heard a loud explosion and saw smoke.”
One of the park staff immediately set out following the smoke trail, which they thought was near the bush camping area, however Mr Taylor quickly found the accident, about 10km from the Oxley Highway turnoff.
“Landholders were attempting to put it out with everything they could,” he said.
The blaze sparked a nearby grass fire which was extinguished by RFS brigades from Rushes Creek and Somerton.
RFS Superintendent Allyn Purkiss said the service received three triple-zero calls for help.
“We believe the car caught fire once it hit a tree,” he said. “The boys then had to run around and put the grass fire out.”
A body, which is yet to be formally identified, was discovered inside the wreckage, but investigators have not established the make of the car.