DRIVER ESCAPES WITH CUTS
Highway closed after avocado truck rolls near Howard:
A TRUCK driver has had a lucky escape after the B-double he was driving crashed down an embankment on the Bruce Hwy yesterday.
A rescue helicopter was sent to the scene of the crash, which happened about 2km north of Howard in the southbound lane, but was able to turn around when ambulance crews at the scene reported the man had escaped serious injury.
He had a load of avocadoes on board.
A spokeswoman from the Queensland Ambulance Service said emergency services responded, were sent to the scene after the crash, having been told the man was trapped in the vehicle. However the man was able to climb out of the cab by himself and when he was examined by ambulance crews, they found no evidence of significant injuries.
A spokesman from Queensland Police Media said the man suffered minor cuts. He was taken by ambulance to Maryborough Hospital as a precaution. He travelled in a stable condition.
The crash happened about 2pm and closed down a lane of the highway for several hours.
Police managed the traffic, alternating between allowing south and north bound traffic past the crash scene.
Officers from fire and emergency services examined the truck in an effort to make the area safe.
“We just made the scene safe just before 3pm,” a spokeswoman from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
The spokesman from Queensland Police said fire crews often had to check crash scenes in case fuel had spilled.
HIGHWAY MESS: The driver of this avocado truck was lucky to escape with cuts after an accident on the Bruce Hwy near Howard.
TRUCK ROLLOVER: A truck carrying avocados crashed on the Bruce Hwy near Howard.