A Qube sugar cane B-double rolled on the Rex Range Road on Saturday at a spot that some locals believe is the scene of at least one similar accident before.
Qube Logistics, which for several years has held the contract to transport hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cane down the range from the Tablelands, told the Gazette yesterday that there had been a total of three roll overs on the range road since 2014, including the latest incident.
Each incident was investigated and action taken if necessary, a Qube spokesman said. “Qube has conducted a full investigation into this incident. The vehicle was travelling at 24 km/h as it descended the range and it appears that a tyre failure contributed to the rollover.
“The driver received minor injuries and was treated in hospital. “Although we believe tyre failure was the primary cause, Qube has further reduced the self imposed speed limit to 20 km/h for this corner.”
As well, all Qube vehicles have undergone additional safety checks focusing on tyres and steer axles as part of the response to this incident.
“Qube staff constantly travel up and down the range monitoring the speeds and driver behaviour,” the spokesman said.
“In the season to date we have had no breaches of our self-imposed speed limit on the range descent.
“Qube is absolutely committed to ensuring continued safe operations on the Rex Range Road.”
Tonnage from the Tablelands growers — around 350,000 tonnes — is a vital part of the annual throughput of Mossman Central Mill which this year will crush 930,000 tonnes.