LUCKY ES­CAPE AS TRAILER FLIPS

Ex­ten­sive dam­age to high­way in truck ac­ci­dent

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - Adam Houri­gan adam.houri­gan@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

THE Sum­mer­land Way was closed for sev­eral hours yes­ter­day af­ter a truck driver had a lucky es­cape from a rollover.

The tip truck and trailer was head­ing north on Sum­mer­land Way at Koolkhan at 11.50am when it rounded a bend and the trailer lost trac­tion with the road and flipped.

Sergeant Jar­rard French of Coffs/Clarence po­lice said that the un­laden truck trav­elled some dis­tance on its side to­wards the rail lines be­fore com­pletely turn­ing around and block­ing the high­way.

“It flipped over on to its side on the in­cor­rect side of the road,” Sgt French said.

“The driver was not trapped or in­jured, and it ap­pears just to be an ac­ci­dent.”

In an ad­ja­cent prop­erty, Julie El­der said the noise from the in­ci­dent was deaf­en­ing.

“We thought it was a train or some­thing, it made so much noise. It just went bang bang,” she said.

Ms El­der, who was babysit­ting her grand­chil­dren at the prop­erty, said two of the chil­dren wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent through the front win­dows of their house.

“The two kids at the front saw the dust fly­ing up and then it flip­ping,” she said.

“They said it just flipped up high and nar­rowly missed a ute that had to sw­erve to get out of the way.

“They (kids) came out as white as a ghost, it re­ally scared them. They saw it all.”

The Sum­mer­land Way was re­opened around 3pm with po­lice say­ing the RMS would have to resur­face the road due to the dam­age caused.

PHOTO: ADAM HOURI­GAN

MAIN PHOTO: A truck flipped when its trailer left the road near Koolkhan on the Sum­mer­land Way.

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