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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - SHANE NI­CHOLS

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.

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