Truckie’s drive turns side­ways

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

DAR­REN Close had 10 seconds of ter­ror as the B-dou­ble he was driv­ing hur­tled 100m down the high­way side­ways.

But the driver es­caped un­harmed after he lost con­trol of his truck just be­fore 7am Mon­day on the Bur­nett Hwy at Bald Hills.

After com­plet­ing the manda­tory al­co­hol and drugs tests, Mr Close said he thought the left back wheel of his trailer had caught the out­side edge of the bi­tu­men and pulled the whole truck around.

“I was do­ing about 90kmh down the hill and I just lost it,” Mr Close said.

“I have had around three to four years of ex­pe­ri­ence driv­ing th­ese trucks.”

Part-owner of the truck, Brad Hutchin­son, of Hutchin­son Grazing, said Mr Close had been go­ing to Moura to pick up grain for the Mun­dub­bera feed­lot.

“The truck doesn’t look too dam­aged and we are just happy that no one was hurt,” Mr Hutchin­son said.

“We have two of th­ese trucks on the road all the time, ei­ther cart­ing grain or mov­ing cat­tle.”

Mun­dub­bera’s Sergeant Shaughan Lan­ham said he was re­lieved no one was com­ing in the other di­rec­tion.

“Be­cause there is only mi­nor dam­age to prop­erty, there are no in­juries, I don’t have to file a re­port and the driver will not be fac­ing any charges,” Sgt Lan­ham said.

“It is not a case of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, there is no drugs or al­co­hol in­volved, there will be no charges laid.”

A front-end loader was brought to the site of the ac­ci­dent and quickly pulled the B-dou­ble back onto the high­way and it was driven to the top of Bald Hills, were the as­sess­ment of the dam­age be­gan.

An ac­ci­dent like this has to be re­ported to po­lice and now can be re­ported on­line.


SIDE­WAYS: Grain truck causes an­guish for its young driver at Bald Hills near Mun­dub­bera.

Po­lice were re­lieved no one was in­jured in the ac­ci­dent and no charges have been laid.

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