Clayton’s Towing employees work to recover a semi-trailer at Chatsworth yesterday morning after it rolled and spilled its load of scrap steel.
Clayton’s Towing employees work to recover a semi-trailer at Chatsworth yesterday morning after it rolled and spilled its load of scrap steel. David Crossley

Truck spills steel

A SEMI-trailer fully laden with scrap steel rolled off the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth yesterday morning, spilling its load.

A Gympie police spokesperson said the truck driver was aged in his 30s, was not a local and was not injured in the crash.

Heading south about 4.30pm, the semi ended up down a slight embankment near Horton Road, limiting traffic to one lane.

Traffic was blocked for about 10 minutes while Clayton’s Towing manoeuvred the truck into position so that it could be recovered.

Clayton’s employee Wayne Ellis said it then took about three hours to complete pre-recovery.

The highway was blocked for a further 35 minutes while Clayton’s Megatow Volvo recovery truck used its four individual winches to pull the truck back into the south-bound lane of the highway.

“It was a difficult recovery but with four winches it was made easier,” Mr Ellis said.

Gympie’s fire fighters were called to the scene to make sure the driver was not trapped and the truck did not ignite.

Station Officer Graham Alder said the Bundaberg salvage company’s driver was out of the vehicle when fire fighters arrived and there was some fuel leaking.

The fire crew had come straight from the scene of another road traffic crash along the Gunalda Range. That crash, at about 4.05am, resulted in a car down an embankment at the bottom of the range.

Stn Officer Alder said, again, all occupants were out of the vehicle when fireys arrived at the scene and no was hurt.


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