Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedics.
Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedics. David Nielsen

Cunningham Highway to be closed to recover crash vehicle

UPDATE 1.10pm: The Cunningham Highway will be closed for a short time in the wake of a truck crash at Karara on Saturday night.

The D double was carting general freight when the crash happened.

Senior Constable Matt Swan, of Leyburn police, is on scene today to close the Cunningham Highway at Karara while the D double is lifted back on the highway to be recovered.

"The recovery is expected to take around 15 minutes and both lanes on the highway will be closed for that period.

EARLIER: A B Double driver was lucky to escape without major injuries after his truck hit a guard rail, went down a steep embankment and rolled at 9.15pm Saturday at Karara.

After leaving the road, the B Double crashed into a large tree.

Traffic on the Cunningham Highway was down to one lane for two hours after the accident.

The driver was heading east and had just passed the intersection of the Toowoomba/Karara Road and Cunningham Highway when the accident happened.

The crash happened virtually straight outside the Karara Hotel Motel and some patrons witnessed the truck leaving the highway.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived on scene.

He was treated by the Queensland Ambulance Service and taken to Warwick Hospital with minor leg injuries.

The driver had organised a tow truck to remove his truck from the scene early Sunday morning.

A police spokesman said the driver was lucky to avoid major injuries after it hit the guard rail, rolled down the embankment and hit a large tree.

"He was in a 100km/h zone when the accident happened,” police said.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service was on scene with one urban unit from Warwick and one Karara Rural Fire Brigade unit. The QFES specialist rescue crew from Toowoomba was called but turned around once they realised there was no entrapment.

The QFES attended to a fuel leak, 250 litres of the 700l in the tank, had poured into the dry earth on site.

The B Double was carting general freight.



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