TRAGEDY: The scene of yesterday?s truck accident.
TRAGEDY: The scene of yesterday?s truck accident.

Driver, 44, dies in crash



A 44-YEAR-OLD truck driver died and his passenger miraculously escaped serious injury in a horrific semi-trailer accident near Rolleston yesterday.

Sarina man Ian Edmund Bourke was driving a truck carrying a crane when it rolled while taking a bend on a gravel road about 7.30am, crushing the cabin.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service aircrew officer David Mountain said it was one of the worst accidents he had seen in a long time.

"It was pretty horrific,'' he said after arriving back at his Rockhampton base.

"It was a pretty destructive accident.

"Obviously being a semi-trailer with a crane on the back caused a lot of damage.

"With the extra weight and the height of the crane on the trailer, it's rolled him over.''

The accident happened on the Comet to Rolleston Road, at Humboldt Creek.

Fire and Rescue area director Central Highlands, Steve Murray, said it was difficult to get to the trapped driver.

"It took about an hour to release the driver of the truck,'' he said. He was pronounced dead by a doctor on the scene.

"The injured person was helivaced to Rockhampton.''

The 54-year-old male survivor sustained facial injuries and was discharged from Rockhampton Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Mr Mountain said RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service crew always expected horrific scenes when told of truck roll-overs.

"Anything you hear about a truck roll-over, you think the worst,'' he said.

"We were predicting something catastrophic.

"You only have to look at the photos to really describe how it was.''

Police are still investigating the incident.



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