Truckie lucky to survive smash
A TRUCK driver miraculously escaped serious injury yesterday when his road train split in two in a spectacular accident 50km north of Rockhampton.
The vehicle rolled shortly before 5am, blocking both lanes of the Bruce Highway for more than four hours and causing traffic to back up for a distance of 2km.
A police investigation into the cause of the accident is yet to be conducted.
The driver remained conscious after the accident and was transported to Rockhampton Hospital with head injuries.
He was reported to be in a stable condition late yesterday. Police were able to create a detour on the side of the road for four-wheel-drive traffic but ordinary traffic was forced to wait until after 9.30am for heavy towtrucks to pull the truck upright.
The NQX truck was carrying an assortment of freight ranging from outboard motors to bottles of softdrink which began exploding as the day heated up.
Yesterday afternoon crews were still working to clean up the debris, which spread more than 100 metres.
But motorists such as Sarina's Colin and Margaret Schwarzrock remained understanding of the long wait.
"We're not in a hurry, we're just moseying along slowly,'' she said.
The retired couple were on their way back from a holiday at Kinka Beach when they encountered the road block about 9am yesterday.
"We've got all day to get home,'' Mrs Schwarzrock said.
Fortunately they did not have to wait that long and were able to continue their trip after about half an hour.
Police officers at the scene said that given the state of the truck, the driver was lucky his injuries were not more severe.
"I'd say he was lucky to get away.
"The truck's sustained some pretty serious damage,'' Senior Sergeant Shane Thomas said.