Travelling from Melbourne to Brisbane, the truck rolled off the road at Wheatvale 10km from Warwick after swerving to miss a cow.
Travelling from Melbourne to Brisbane, the truck rolled off the road at Wheatvale 10km from Warwick after swerving to miss a cow.

Overturn closes highway

IT took 12 hours to clear the scene of an accident which interrupted traffic flow on the Cunningham Highway 10km west of Warwick yesterday.

The incident occurred about midnight on Thursday and involved a Border Express B-double, which was on a run from Melbourne to Brisbane, carrying two trailers of general goods.

Warwick Police confirmed the male driver from Sydney said the accident occurred when he swerved to miss a cow on the road. The B-double over-turned onto the side of the road near the Wheatvale turn-off.

The driver was lucky not to sustain any injuries and a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said he declined transportation to the Warwick Hospital.

The highway was closed from about 6.45am to 8.15am.

It remained open to only one lane for some time afterwards as attempts were made to move the truck. There were three tow trucks on the scene, and an excavator was used to clear the site. Assistance was also provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads for most of the morning. The highway was fully opened from noon.

Border Express Queensland manager Barry Mane said the truck was towed to Brisbane for repairs and there had been minimal damage to the goods.



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