Meat truck sliced open
DRIVER Clint Hancock is out of pocket but uninjured after his refrigerated truck carrying a load of meat was sliced open in a crash involving two trucks on Bauple–Woolooga Road yesterday morning.
Mr Hancock, 50, was taking about $10,000 worth of meat to a butcher in Bundaberg when his pantek Hino freezer van clipped the back of a parked Mack earthmover and flipped onto its side, exposing the meat to sun and shattered glass.
The 45-year-old driver of the Mack truck had pulled over to the side of the road to clean his windscreen and was out of the cab when the collision happened.
He was taken to Gympie Hospital with a suspected fractured ankle caused by the impact.
Senior Constable Marshal Hoggard of Tiaro Police said there was no suggestion either driver was at fault.
“It was an unfortunate combination of environmental conditions that led to very poor visibility,” he said.
“A local truck driver from Gootchie was heading to the highway when heavy fog and the sunrise reduced visibility to almost zero on a very narrow section of the road.”
Senior Constable Marshal Hoggard said the Mack truck driver pulled over to the side of the road to clean his windscreen and had put his hazard lights on when a second truck from Blackbutt came over the rise and didn’t see him.
The meat truck collided with the earth mover’s right rear corner and tipped onto its side, blocking the road for about two hours.
“Neither driver was under the influence and both were well rested,” Snr Const Hoggard said.
“It was fortunate there is a low rate of traffic that comes through here.”
Gootchie Earthmoving business partner Kris Waite said the only damage to the Mack tipper was a blown tyre and body damage to the trailer.
“Our driver came through here (about 6.30am) — at that hour the sun comes over the hill and you can see diddly squat,” she said.
“He pulled over for safety because he couldn’t see.
“There could have been three of them (involved in the crash), there was another Volvo truck following that skidded to a stop just in time.
“It’s ridiculous that the rest of the road has been upgraded to two lanes except three to four kilometres of the windiest section is skinny and narrow.”
Mr Hancock said he hadn’t expected a truck to be stationary when he came over the crest and was blinded by the sun.
He said the truck was insured but the meat was not.
A refrigerator truck was organised to collect the load in order to salvage what they could.
It was believed a meat inspector would be examining the meat to see if it was fit for human consumption or whether it would be used for pet food.