Gympie truck smash in Bath Terrace
A REFRIGERATED pantechnicon truck driving east towards Tin Can Bay from Gympie crashed dramatically in Bath Terrace yesterday morning.
Emergency crews said the truck was travelling along Bath Terrace when it became out of control, skidded in a 180-degree turn and rolled on the corner of Browns Road.
A neighbour Jannette Lang and her son Brad, who lives nearby, said they heard a loud screeching sound, followed by a “huge bang.”
They ran out the back to see a truck rolled over and ran to the aid of the driver, who was hanging by his seatbelt in the cabin.
Brad and a passer-by held on to the driver while he released himself from his seatbelt, before they helped him from the smoking vehicle.
He was taken to Gympie Hospital with minor injuries.
Fire fighters said they thought the smoke might have been only oil on a hot engine, because it stopped when the ignition was turned off.
The van was fully laden with frozen food, they said.
Mrs Lang was sitting at home when the crash occurred. “We heard a huge bang. We got out there pretty quickly, saw smoke and ran down there to help,” she said.