Truckie free over deaths

Big Rigs - - NEWS - — Kerri-Anne Mes­ner Rock­hamp­ton Morn­ing Bul­letin

A TRUCK driver charged over an ac­ci­dent that killed two peo­ple has walked free from court.

Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula truck driver David Wal­ter Neil Cox was found not guilty by a jury after a two-day trial in Rock­hamp­ton District Court.

Xinzi Che and Man Tat Sze died when a 1.88-tonne steel pipe fell from the back of Mr Cox’s truck and smashed into their car, which then burst into flames.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred on the Bruce High­way at Mt Lar­com about 4am on De­cem­ber 6, 2014.

Mr Cox was 27 at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

Dur­ing the trial, the court heard Mr Cox had not been al­lowed on his own trailer to in­spect a load pre-packed by Bech­tel em­ploy­ees due to a Bech­tel safety pol­icy.

The court heard it was sug­gested none of the em­ploy­ers in­formed Mr Cox of an alu­minium walk­way he could use to climb up high enough to in­spect the load.

Each of the three men, who gave ev­i­dence dur­ing the trial, played a role in the load­ing of a 13-tonne green steel frame and two 1.88-tonne pipes onto Mr Cox’s trailer, the green steel frame along the bot­tom of the trailer, both steel pipes on top of the green frame with one near the cabin and one at the end of the trailer.

The court heard the load was one of 400 that trav­elled be­tween Hay Point and Toowoomba after Wag­n­ers bought a walk­ing bridge from Bech­tel and it was trans­ported in pieces by sub­con­tract truck driv­ers.

Mr Cox, who de­scribed the night of the ac­ci­dent as his “worst night­mare”, said he hoped the case “starts to shine a light on the dan­gers of the trans­port in­dus­try and what we ac­tu­ally have to go through and what we ex­pe­ri­ence on a daily ba­sis.”

“We get pushed pretty hard out there,” he said.

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