Truck rollover north of Warwick
EYE-WITNESSES to an accident near the Caltex Truck ‘N Travel north of Warwick yesterday said driving conditions were hampered by rain and darkness when a Wickham Freight Lines truck rolled on its side.
Brisbane resident Matthew Harvey was driving back to Brisbane when he witnessed the truck turn over at about 4.30am.
“It was pretty wet and dark and it happened just outside the Caltex (Truck ’N Travel) station,” he said.
“I’m not sure what happened but there was an oversized truck with half a house on the back coming the opposite way into Warwick.”
Mr Harvey estimated he was about 100-200 metres behind when he saw the truck turn over.
“He was travelling straight and then suddenly turned and just fell over,” he said.
“There wasn’t a pilot car in front of the other truck so I don’t know whether the driver had to get out of the way.”
Mr Harvey said he was a bit shocked and “very careful” when he continued his journey to Brisbane.
The Wickham’s truck, which was carting Big W merchandise, had to be unloaded and have its tyres repaired before it could be towed.
The 45-year-old Warwick driver was taken to Warwick Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was charged with driving without due care and attention.
Main Roads traffic control had the New England Highway under stop-go conditions for about five hours while the clean-up took place.
The east-bound lane was closed throughout this time and the highway was functioning as per normal at 9.45am.
Warwick police have urged drivers to be careful in wet weather conditions, following what has been a spate of road accidents at the weekend.
Warwick police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said yesterday’s truck semi-rollover, as well as a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning and another shortly after at 11.30am highlighted the need for safe driving.
“Police are urging motorists to be cautious in difficult and wet conditions,” he said.
“Motorists are urged to drive to the prevailing conditions.”