Four horses died after the truck they were travelling in crashed on the Mount Lindesay Rd between Legume and Woodenbong.
Four horses died after the truck they were travelling in crashed on the Mount Lindesay Rd between Legume and Woodenbong. John Towells

Truck rollover kills four horses

THREE horses died instantly and a fourth had to be put down following a single-vehicle rollover on the Mount Lindesay Road yesterday afternoon.

Police are still investigating the crash, in which an old body truck transporting the four animals left the road and went over an embankment just after 3pm.

The incident happened at Oaky Hill, between Legume and Woodenbong, with one of the injured passengers flown to Lismore Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

A second passenger was taken to Urbenville Hospital with unknown injuries, with the driver of the truck “knocked around” but relatively unharmed, according to a person at the scene.

A Warwick truck driver said he was not surprised at hearing the news of the rollover, saying he had “never driven a more atrocious piece of road” than that of the Mt Lindesay Rd.

“I don't know how many times I've nearly run into cars coming the other way because they can't see me coming around the tight corners and it's almost impossible not to get off the road when passing because the road is so narrow,” he said.

“Not to mention the thousands of dollars it costs our company in wear and tear because of the state of the bitumen – it's like one big 50km-long pothole.

“I'm amazed the road that connects the Darling Downs with the Northern Rivers has been neglected for so long.”



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