Fatal night on the highway
A TRUCK driver employed by Rocky’s Own Transport was killed yesterday when his B-double crashed into another which had overturned on the Bruce Highway near the Sunshine Coast.
Both vehicles were Rocky’s Own Transport trucks and were travelling in the same direction towards Brisbane with loads of produce when the accident happened at Beerburrum about 3am.
It came only hours after a fatal car and truck accident 20 kilometres south of Marlborough about 5.30pm on Thursday.
The deaths are a terrible start to the Christmas holiday period on the roads.
Police said in the Sunshine Coast accident it appeared the first driver lost control of his truck which tipped.
The driver of the second truck then drove into the strewn trailers and was fatally injured.
It is believed he was a 41-year-old father of two.
Both drivers were Brisbane-based and were employed by the Brisbane depot.
Traffic was diverted along Steve Irwin Way while officers from the forensic crash unit continued on scene investigations into the afternoon.
Rocky’s Own Transport Rockhampton depot supervisor Alan Robertson said the company’s CEO Bryan Smith and a senior management team were at the accident site yesterday morning.
He said staff were devastated to learn about the accident when they arrived at work yesterday.
“In the 25 years Rocky’s Own Transport has been operating, we have maintained a safety record that is second to none.
“This is the first fatal accident the company has been involved in,” Mr Robertson said.
“We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families involved.”
Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon, police were yet to speak with the family of the man who died south of Marlborough. It’s believed he wasn’t local and was aged in his 30s.
The man was driving a station wagon which collided with a truck.
Preliminary investigations indicate the station wagon had crossed onto the wrong side of the road.