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Truck and ute collide in fog

IN a surreal scene pork carcasses were carried through the fog by men in protective clothing at the scene of an accident on the New England Highway north of Warwick this morning.

The accident happened about 7am when a Wickham Freight Lines refrigerated truck collided with a Ford Courier utility in heavy fog near the Clifton turnoff, 37km from the Rose City.

The truck, which was carrying 220 pork sides from Swickers Meatworks at Kingaroy, was travelling south when it collided with the south-bound utility.

Clifton Police officer-in-charge Guy Smidt said the truck driver was transferred by ambulance to Warwick, while the driver of the utility was taken to Clifton Hospital.

"The elderly driver of the utility was pretty badly shaken up, but both men were fortunate the accident wasn't worse," Sgt Smidt said.

"Dense fog played obviously part visibility limited to about 20 metres.

"Preliminary investigations also suggest the heavy vehicle driver may not have been driving at a speed to suit the conditions."

Sgt Smidt said the Wickhams Freight Lines truck came to a rest on its side an estimated 120m from the point of collision.

"The truck tipped over and went across the highway finishing on its side on the left hand side of the bitumen," Sgt Smidt said.

"What is a miracle is that there was no oncoming traffic in the northern lane of the highway at the time."

Meanwhile Wickham Freight Line employees arrived in protective clothing within an hour of the accident to transfer the pork sides to a replacement refrigerated truck.

A spokesman from Wickhams said the pork quality had not been adversely effected by the accident.

More in the Daily News print editon tomorrow..



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