Salvage crews used wire rope and chains to haul carcasses out of the rolled semi-trailer. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times
Salvage crews used wire rope and chains to haul carcasses out of the rolled semi-trailer. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

Carnage as full cattle truck rolls

A WIDGEE man crawled through the windscreen and out of the wreckage of his overturned semitrailer yesterday after it crashed on a bitumen corner of the Gympie-Woolooga Rd.

The man, about 60 years of age, was taken by ambulance to Gympie Hospital with minor head and leg injuries.

He had been heading towards the Wide Bay Hwy, transporting a load of young cattle from a Widgee property to the meatworks when the truck went out of control and rolled on to its side about 1.30pm.

Nearby residents and passers-by who heard it rushed to the scene and cared for him until emergency services arrived.

The double-decker Kenworth livestock truck was fully loaded and while some cattle survived the ordeal, many did not.

About 12 were dead inside the trailer and police anticipated having to put down at least another 10 that were trapped but injured and in pain.

Firefighters and a salvage crew worked in cold and wet conditions to pull the animals out.

There were distressing scenes as some of the suddenly liberated cattle, confused and with obviously broken legs and other injuries, tried in vain to run off.

The bitumen, double-white line road where the accident occurred is several kilometres from the Wide Bay Hwy. It was not known if it was raining at the time of the crash.



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