Stock lost from truck rollover
Thousands of dollars worth of cattle have been euthanised after they were injured in a truck crash in WA’s far north.
The rollover occurred on Great Northern Highway at Willare, near Derby, about 2.20pm on Saturday.
Police said the truck was travelling west towards Broome when it blew a tyre and rolled, spilling Brahman cattle on to the side of the road.
The truck driver was not injured, but police officers from Derby went to the scene and euthanised most of the 80 head of severely injured cattle.
At a conservative estimate, that is about $120,000 worth of stock.
Lauren Murray, of Fitzroy Crossing, was one of dozens of motorists who arrived at the area to find the road closed.
“We only waited for about 10 minutes, the police had blocked off the roads,” she said. It’s a busy time for Kimberley pastoralists with stock on the move from the cattle stations to Broome and Wyndham Ports.
The region’s first live export cattle boat for the year left Wyndham mid-April.
The export season usually extends until October.
The Federal Government is exploring the possibility of making electronic braking systems technology a requirement on all new Australian trailers.
The technology uses sensors on trailer wheels and suspension to sense when a trailer is approaching a rollover situation.
It then applies brakes before the driver knows action is needed.
Police said the truck blew a tyre and its carriages rolled.
The truck rollover occurred on Great Northern Highway at Willare, near Derby.
Helicopters were used to gather cattle from the truck rollover.