Truckie’s drive turns sideways
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.
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Police were relieved no one was injured in the accident and no charges have been laid.