A suspected power line emergency trapped a driver in this garbage truck in Pine St yesterday.
A suspected power line emergency trapped a driver in this garbage truck in Pine St yesterday. Craig Warhurst

Fearful wait for garbage driver

A GARBAGE truck operator had a nasty wait yesterday morning after his vehicle tangled with a suspected live power line in Pine St.

However, Mick Curran, who is responsible for Gympie Regional Council's waste management operations, said the line turned out to be a much less dangerous sagged telecommunications line.

It is thought the line may have sagged as a result of pole movement in soggy ground, badly affected by extreme rain across the Gympie region over recent days.

While the driver waited anxiously in the vehicle, fearful of earthing a power line if he stepped down to the pavement, police arrived to supervise any emergency operation. They said the line appeared to have become caught up in the hooks used to lift wheelie bins and tip contents into the truck.

Cr Curran said the Energex technicians arrived about 8am and quickly determined that the line was not dangerous.

They then repositioned the line, allowing the driver to continue his regular work, Cr Curran said.

Gympie Times


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