Those hoping to head down to this beach on a warm Saturday may have trouble after a car exploded, leading to the closure of the beach’s car park.
Those hoping to head down to this beach on a warm Saturday may have trouble after a car exploded, leading to the closure of the beach’s car park.

Exploding car causes traffic chaos at beach

Traffic chaos is expected at one of Sydney's busiest beaches after a car exploded following what the local council has called a "tragic incident".

With South Maroubra beach expected to be packed as temperatures nudge 30 degrees today, the beach carpark is expected to be closed for the day.

Emergency services were called to the scene early this morning to find the shell of a burning car.

The driver of the vehicle was still at the scene and was rushed to hospital believed to be in a critical condition.

It is understood it was a self harm incident. Police are currently investigating.

 

South Maroubra Beach car park is currently closed following a car explosion early this morning and is likely to remain closed for most of Saturday.
South Maroubra Beach car park is currently closed following a car explosion early this morning and is likely to remain closed for most of Saturday.

 

A post by Randwick City Council on Facebook said the carpark would likely remain closed for all of Saturday.

"South Maroubra Beach car park is currently closed following a car explosion early this morning and is likely to remain closed for most of today," the council post said. "Council is supporting police while they investigate the tragic incident.

"We understand the driver of the vehicle survived and is in a critical condition," the post said.

"Our thoughts and best wishes are with the person and their family for a full recovery."

The car was completely destroyed and neighbouring residents wrote on Facebook that it sounded like a gas bottle exploded.

Police and hospital spokespeople have been contacted about the incident.

Originally published as Exploding car causes traffic chaos at Sydney beach



‘PLAYING WITH FIRE’: Man told drug habit not under control

Premium Content ‘PLAYING WITH FIRE’: Man told drug habit not under control

He appeared in the Bundaberg courthouse after police caught him with meth and drug...

Mayor throws support behind QLD’s Olympic bid

Premium Content Mayor throws support behind QLD’s Olympic bid

Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey has put the Rum City forward as a possible training...

Build best hospital here, not Bundy says Coast councillor

Premium Content Build best hospital here, not Bundy says Coast councillor

Call to press pause on new hospital plans as Fraser Coast booms