The truck took most of the day yesterday to be removed after it rolled at Cunningham’s Gap.
The truck took most of the day yesterday to be removed after it rolled at Cunningham’s Gap.

Driver unhurt as truck overturns

WHEN Paul Morris came around a bend at Cunningham’s Gap yesterday the last thing he expected to see was an overturned semi-trailer taking up half the road.

The Rose City resident of Paul’s Painting Service was the second car on scene after a G and L Anderson truck from New South Wales was forced to run into an embankment, about one kilometre west of the helipad, causing it to overturn about 10am yesterday.

“It was lucky we had some cones to put out and warn people coming towards the accident scene,” Mr Morris said after he had directed traffic.

Ipswich Police District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Gareth James said the truck carrying steel was travelling towards Brisbane when it came across traffic which was stopped.

“The driver has taken evasive action and broke while turning towards the bank and rolled,” Snr Sgt James said.

Traffic was backed up for more than two kilometres as Boonah Police alternated east and west-bound traffic for the duration of the day.

Boonah Police and Ambulance, Ipswich Traffic Branch and Queensland Fire and Rescue Services attended the scene.

The driver – who was helped from the cab by two women who were first on scene – was not injured but was treated for shock.

Snr Sgt James said diesel had leaked from the truck and spread over both lanes of the highway making the surface extremely slippery.

“The fire brigade made the road safe by covering it with kitty litter and once the truck was removed the Scenic Rim council workers put more on the lane,” Snr Sgt James said.

The truck’s load of steel had to be moved before the truck could be turned upright and towed from the scene.

One lane of the highway was still blocked as the Daily News went to print last night.

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