Traffic build-up causes prangs
AFTER sitting behind a B-double rig all the way from Murgon, Blue Carney's split-second decision not to follow it through the intersection of the Wide Bay and Bruce highways probably saved his life yesterday.
Mr Carney had been following the lime truck, as he did nearly every second day, and watched from the intersection as another B-double rig came hurtling down the road and smashed into the back of the slow-moving truck right in front of him.
He said the cab of the Kenworth prime mover hit the back of the truck and bounced about 10 feet in the air. He was thankful his vehicle wasn't crushed between the heavy vehicles.
Due to traffic build-up, there were a number of fender benders north and south of the scene and a ute rolled when trying to avoid hitting a waiting vehicle.
“Old mate in the lime truck wasn't in any danger, it was this fellow here,” Blue Carney told The Gympie Times, pointing to the crushed cab of the Kenworth prime mover.
“The truck in front was so heavy it took him a while to get out (through the intersection) and get going.”
The 45-year-old driver of the Kenworth was carting a load of sugar from Mackay to Brisbane, when he came up fast behind the slow-moving lime truck.
It appeared that when he got to the intersection, he slammed on his brakes, skidding 100 metres down the road before smashing into the right rear side of the trailer loaded with limestone.
The Bulimba man was out of the truck by the time emergency services arrived and he was taken to Gympie Hospital for treatment to his arm and leg. The other driver was uninjured.
“If he had a passenger he would have been crushed,” a firefighter said once the truck was stabilised.
“The truck is significantly damaged - the chassis twisted and its sump is torn off.”
It took three-and-a-half hours before the road was cleared and tow truck driver Wayne Ellis said during this time a blue ute rolled over near Nick's Curra Quarry about one 400 metres north of the scene, and a car hit the rear end of a caravan at Chatsworth.
Police received several calls about minor prangs on the Bruce Highway and said they were most likely caused by the highway being banked up “to a degree”.
Gympie District Traffic Branch officer in charge Sergeant Peter Webster said apart from the rollover, the fender benders were not serious and did not require police assistance because drivers exchanged names and addresses.