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Melbourne Express: dramatic photos of a car on fire on the Tullamarine Freeway

And that's all from our breakfast blog for Tuesday, February 18. Thanks for tuning in, we'll be back at the same time (6am) tomorrow with more breaking news, traffic updates, tweets from around Melbourne, things to do and more. Send your comments and feedback to aholland@theage.com.au or tweet me @Angus_Holland. Bye for now!

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Car fire update: we're hearing the Tullamarine Freeway has all lanes open OUTBOUND again after that dramatic fire about an hour ago (scroll through for photos). Traffic is heavy in both directions though.

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Breaking news: there's been a stabbing at a hospital in Footscray. A man has been arrested and another is fighting for his life. FULL STORY

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Car fire update: another dramatic shot from the fire that's still causing delays OUTBOUND on the Tulla freeway, via grantgodino on Instagram. Scroll through for more images.

Another dramatic shot of the car fire.
Another dramatic shot of the car fire. 

Tullamarine car fire: we're hearing from the MFB it's under control but lane closures mean there are delays back to Bell Street. Allow extra time if going to the airport... or go off-piste

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Don't walk and text: Police say the rise in car accidents involving pedestrians is due to people walking around with their faces buried in their mobile phones. FULL STORY

Mobile phone safety: still a topic of scientific debate.
Mobile phone safety: still a topic of scientific debate. 

Car fire update: it’s a van described as “charcoal” in colour by the MFB. It’s on the Tullamarine Freeway near Melrose Drive. Police have been called for traffic control. Firefighters had to use breathing apparatus but have now brought the fire under control.

ALERT: A car is on fire on the Tullamarine Freeway OUTBOUND at Melrose Drive. The freeway has several lanes closed. Expect delays getting to the airport. 

Metro rail: Transport Minister Terry Mulder is on 774 - says if the tunnel is built in its present format it will mean "ripping up Swanston Street for two years or more". He says: "The tunnel would have to go under the loop. Extremely deep, expensive."

A new law has been created to keep Hoddle Street mass murderer Julian Knight in jail. FULL STORY

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Weather update: another lovely sunny day ahead. Looking at a top of 28 degrees with some light southerly winds this afternoon. Enjoy it while it lasts: there's rain on the way tomorrow morning.

Music meets technology: the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s amazing virtual simulator is now installed at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Using multiple cameras and projections, it lets you experience individual instruments, play along with the ensemble and feel immersed in the sound. MORE HERE 

 

ACO virtual, on now at the Recital Centre
ACO virtual, on now at the Recital Centre 

Free talk: Join environmentalist Rob Gell alongside Tony Wood and Lucy Carter from the Grattan Institute tonight at the State Library for a talk on electricity policy. It’s part of the library’s “Policy Pitch” series, promising “lively, intelligent and thoughtful debate. Free but book online here

 

Weather commentator Rob Gell
Weather commentator Rob Gell Photo: Leanne Pickett
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Traffic: there's an accident in Pascoe Vale on Gaffney Street. Southbound lanes are blocked.

Good news on those roses: as we suspected, they are now going cheap - 10 for $15 (see tweet)

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THAT private beach: more debate today about Lindsay Fox getting a chunk of Portsea beach for virtually nothing:

- If he wants a private beach, why doesn't he buy his own island? -  Judith Loriente, Mentone

- You are passing another Fox beach - Liz O'Day, Balwyn

- The Portsea foreshore? Let the beach goers eat cake - Sam Bando, St Kilda East

- Fox has graduated to the age of over-entitlement - Scott Ramsay, Strathdale

 

By Ron Tandberg
By Ron Tandberg 

An update on that roses rumour from earlier...

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Traffic: a collision INBOUND on Dandenong Road just after Chapel Street. The timing is perfect... 

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Bikes on trains: should there be dedicated areas for them? Or should they just be banned in peak times? Have your say in the comments or tweet us @theage

Movies: it is, of course, tight-ass Tuesday at most cinemas so catch up on the Oscar contenders on the cheap: you won’t go wrong with Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club or 12 Years a Slave. FULL MOVIE COVERAGE

 

The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Wolf of Wall Street. 
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