Rocking roll for big rig


IT takes a big rock to roll a big truck.

That's exactly what happened yesterday when a boulder shifted in the back of a Fitzroy Shire Council semi-trailer, causing it to tip over on the side of Gavial-Gracemere Road in Gracemere about 10.30am yesterday.

It took three cranes and a 30-minute road block to right the Volvo semi-trailer, with the road re-opening about 1.30pm.

Workplace Health and Safety officers are investigating the bizarre incident, in which the driver somehow managed to climb out of the passenger's side without a scratch.

The council truck was completing a job for Main Roads, using the side-tipper to release boulders onto the side of the road in an effort to stop motorists from cutting through the area.

Fitzroy Shire Council chief executive officer Lyle Harman said the truck was stationary when the incident happened, and investigations had begun.

"It was just an unfortunate incident and luckily no-one was hurt," he said late yesterday.

"After it is investigated we'll just need to put the appropriate measures in place to make sure it doesn't happen again."

The truck was towed back the council workshop for inspection and repairs by a heavy-vehicle tow-truck.

Police said there was some damage to the truck, including a broken windscreen.

The truck was leaking hydraulic fuel, however, authorities said it did not pose any dangers.

The Queensland Ambulance Service was not required.

In a separate accident near Gracemere yesterday, no-one was hurt when two cars collided on the Capricorn Highway just after 8am.



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