A truck driver was thought to be killed instantly when the semi-trailer he was driving rolled down an embankment on Yabba Creek Rd at Imbil on Monday afternoon.
A truck driver was thought to be killed instantly when the semi-trailer he was driving rolled down an embankment on Yabba Creek Rd at Imbil on Monday afternoon.

‘Nothing ruled out’ in fatal truck crash tragedy

Police are working to determine what caused a truck crash which claimed the life of a 50-year-old man.

The semi-trailer crashed into an embankment off Yabba Creek Rd at Imbil about 2pm on Monday after it left the road and rolled.

The truck came down a hill and crashed through a guardrail and came to rest in a "precarious" position which made it difficult for emergency crews to access.

Gympie police said the cab of the truck was crushed and said the driver, from Glenwood, likely died instantly.

Sunshine Coast Forensic Crash Unit officer Duncan Hale said investigations were ongoing and "nothing" had been ruled out.

Initial story: Driver dies after truck plunges down embankment

Community in shock after 'unusual' fatal crash

 

Emergency services at the scene on Monday. Photo: Patrick Woods.
Emergency services at the scene on Monday. Photo: Patrick Woods.

Senior Constable Hale said the crash was only about 500m from a sawmill, Superior Wood, where the driver had collected a 23-tonne load.

"For whatever reason which we haven't yet uncovered, he has failed to negotiate the right-hand bend," Sen Constable Hale said.

"We are looking at things like excessive speed, the load of the vehicle, its mechanical state and whether they played a part.

A truck driver was thought to be killed instantly when the semi-trailer he was driving rolled down an embankment on Yabba Creek Rd at Imbil.
A truck driver was thought to be killed instantly when the semi-trailer he was driving rolled down an embankment on Yabba Creek Rd at Imbil.

"We have to wait on things like mechanical inspections, medical tests and the autopsy.

"It's hard to say what speed he was going, had a large load of woodchip, those trailers are stacked high and a high centre of gravity."

Sen Constable Hale said Yabba Creek Rd was well signed and did not have a history for crashes.

Superior Wood declined to comment on Tuesday.



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