Truckie free over deaths
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.