Stock lost from truck rollover

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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.

Pic­ture: Lau­ren Mur­ray

Po­lice said the truck blew a tyre and its car­riages rolled.

Pic­tures: Me­gan Wa

The truck rollover oc­curred on Great North­ern High­way at Wil­lare, near Derby.

Heli­copters were used to gather cat­tle from the truck rollover.

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