DRIVER TRAPPED FOR HOURS

Cat­tle truck rolls on re­mote road in Auburn, crews from Chin­chilla sent to assist

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Tara Miko, Madi­son Watt and Sam Flana­gan

A 70-year-old driver of a cat­tle truck was trapped in­side the ve­hi­cle for six hours, af­ter it rolled on a re­mote road in Auburn, 110km north of Chin­chilla on Tues­day.

The man is in a sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter be­ing trans­ported to Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal by the RACQ LifeF­light he­li­copter yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Fire­fight­ers used hy­draulic cut­ting equip­ment to free the driver who, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries to both of his legs.

Po­lice said the man had been trapped in the over­turned prime mover af­ter the loaded B-dou­ble cat­tle truck rolled on Auburn Rd at Auburn, shortly be­fore 9am.

Po­lice said a pass­ing mo­torist saw the scene and drove to a nearby prop­erty to use the lan­d­line to call for help, due to the poor mo­bile re­cep­tion in the area.

Chin­chilla Po­lice and five Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices crews at­tended the scene, as well as the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

The road was re­opened to traf­fic late Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter the truck was moved to the side of the road.

Po­lice of­fi­cers de­scribed the res­cue op­er­a­tion as one of the most dif­fi­cult ex­trac­tions of a driver from a ve­hi­cle in which they have been in­volved.

They said a num­ber of the cat­tle in­volved in the roll over were in­jured as a re­sult.

PHOTO: RACQ LIFEF­LIGHT.

ABOVE, ON SCENE: Crews work to free the trapped driver from his cat­tle truck.

PHOTO: CHIN­CHILLA PO­LICE.

LEFTL The cat­tle truck on its side as fire­fight­ers work to free him.

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