Court hears fatal crash truck had faulty brakes
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.