Truckie injured, cattle destroyed

AN injured truck driver was yesterday airlifted to Toowoomba Base Hospital and a number of cattle had to be destroyed after a fully-loaded B-double rolled late Saturday near Yelarbon.

Yelarbon Police officer-in-charge Senior Constable Neil Laidlaw said the incident happened about 8pm on Saturday, but emergency services remained on scene until about 3am yesterday cleaning up.

Snr Const Laidlaw said the rollover occurred about 15 kilometres from Yelarbon on the Yelarbon-Texas Road.

He said the road had been closed to allow for the clean-up and that investigations were continuing into the cause of the incident.

The truck driver, a 56-year-old man from New South Wales, was taken to Inglewood Hospital with neck and shoulder injuries and cuts to his head but was later flown to Toowoomba Base Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the injured man, suffering a fractured shoulder blade, fractured ribs and femur and spine pain, was transported to Toowoomba by the RFDS at about 2.15am yesterday.

Earlier, police had to put down a number of the cattle injured in the crash.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said one crew from Inglewood had attended the incident.

She said the crew had cut away panels on the trailer to remove some of the dead animals and allow the remainder of the cattle off the truck.

The spokeswoman said about 70 cattle had been onboard.



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