A TRUCK driver was forced to leap from his moving semi-trailer after it caught fire on the Bruce Hwy yesterday afternoon.

Peak-hour traffic was brought to a standstill while fire fighters worked to bring the blaze under control.

Kent Salter was travelling from Gladstone to Brisbane on the Bruce Hwy when he smelt smoke in the rig's cab just near the twin Shell service stations at Glasshouse Mountains about 3.45pm.

Moments later, he felt fire licking at the back of his legs.

He jumped from his seat before he watched his rig go up in flames. The truck was not carrying any cargo at the time.

The blaze was brought under control within half an hour.

But the traffic chaos on the Bruce Hwy lasted two hours, as police closed the southbound lanes to clean the area of debris and tow trucks moved the semi trailer.

Traffic was diverted via Steve Irwin Way around the scene before the highway re-opened about 6pm.

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