China: Tunnel tragedy avoided as 'fireball truck' driver steers clear

The driver of a lorry that caught fire in a tunnel in China made a brave decision to accelerate and steer it out, saving other motorists from harm.

It is unclear why the truck burst into flames on the G75 Expressway in southwest Guizhou Province on Friday.

Surveillance video from traffic police showed it travelling at speed out of the tunnel, trailing with heavy flames.

The lorry driver was able to stop the vehicle and escaped without injury.

The truck’s trailer was completely destroyed after the fire was put out.