Horror as tanker carrying petrol explodes into a huge fireball on a highway south of Sydney

A fuel tanker has exploded into a huge fireball on a busy highway south of Sydney.

The horrific incident unfolded on the M1 Princes Motorway at West Wollongong on Friday morning.

The 36,000-litre tanker was engulfed in flames about 8.45am, sending plumes of smoke billowing into the air.  

A 36,000-litre fuel tanker has exploded into a huge fireball on the M1 Princes Highway 

A 36,000-litre fuel tanker has exploded into a huge fireball on the M1 Princes Highway 

A 36,000-litre fuel tanker has exploded into a huge fireball on the M1 Princes Highway 

Drivers are being told to avoid the area, with the highway closed in both directions. 

Southbound traffic is being diverted at Mount Ousley Road, while northbound traffic is being diverted at Five Islands Road.

A two kilometre exclusion zone has been set-up around the accident scene.   

Emergency services are at the scene. 

Paramedics are treating the driver, who reportedly has singed arm hair.   

More to come.  

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