The driver of a truck was lucky to escape with minor injuries after a rollover on the New England Highway at the southern end of the Stanthorpe bypass in heavy fog this morning.
The driver of a truck was lucky to escape with minor injuries after a rollover on the New England Highway at the southern end of the Stanthorpe bypass in heavy fog this morning. Shannon Newley / Stanthorpe Border Post

Truck rolls in heavy fog

POLICE are still unsure what caused a truck to veer off the New England Highway on the Stanthorpe bypass and roll in the early hours of this morning.

First on the scene, Stanthorpe Police Constable Michael Banasiak said the heavy fog and wet road conditions were contributing factors but he was yet to talk to the 55 year-old Tamworth man driving the vehicle.

“The driver sustained cuts and bruises and was taken to Stanthorpe Hospital,” Const Banasiak said.

Const Banasiak said the truck was on its way to Warwick fully loaded with cleaning supplies before coming off the road just after 4am, on the southern end of the Stanthorpe bypass on the New England Highway.

There were only limited delays as the truck was towed away about 11am.  

The rollover follows another one at the same spot, which claimed the lives of Wallangarra couple Lee-ann Smith, 42, and Darryl Maynard Baker, 62.

The pair was travelling northbound on the New England Highway along the bypass in December when a hazard caused them to swerve.

Their vehicle veered out of control and onto the other side of the highway, where it hit an oncoming truck and rolled down an embankment.

Yesterday’s rollover was the second for Wickham Freight Lines in as many days, with another of their rigs coming to grief near the Caltex Truck ‘N Travel north of Warwick early on Monday morning.



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