Court hears fa­tal crash truck had faulty brakes

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A TRUCK in­volved in a hor­rific fa­tal crash at Ap­ple Tree Creek had faulty brakes, ac­cord­ing to ev­i­dence given in Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court.

Truck driver Maxwell John Rice is charged with two counts of dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death or griev­ous bod­ily harm re­lat­ing to a smash on the Bruce Hwy in Novem­ber 2012.

Re­ports at the time sug­gested one truck had slowed abruptly and was hit by a ute, which was then crushed by a sec­ond truck driven by Rice.

A 27-year-old Carindale man was killed in the smash, and it is al­leged his brother, the driver of the ute, suf­fered griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Depart­ment of Main Roads trans­port in­spec­tor Mark Wil­liams was called as a wit­ness dur­ing a short com­mit­tal hear­ing on Tues­day and tes­ti­fied that the prime mover and trailer were in poor me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion and one axle’s brakes were not work­ing.

State­ments from 24 wit­nesses were ten­dered to the court, along with about 25 ex­hibits.

De­fence bar­ris­ter James God­bolt did not contest the claim that there was enough ev­i­dence to bring the mat­ter to trial, and mag­is­trate Aaron Simp­son for­mally charged Rice and com­mit­ted him to stand trial in Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court at a date to be set.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.