Cops seek answers to truckie's death
That was the question truck drivers and police want answered after a fatal single-vehicle smash on the Bruce Highway on Monday morning.
The driver of a Brisbane-bound B-double lost control of his truck in fog about 2am, 500 metres south of the Moby Vics service station near Glasshouse Mountains. He lay trapped for more than three hours before a motorist called Triple-0 about 5.40am.
At that point, the sun had been up for 30 minutes.
Initial investigations indicated the truck, which was loaded with pallets of dry cement, veered off the road just before Tibrogargan Creek and smashed down a steep embankment.
The engine was torn out on impact, the cab ripped from the chassis and debris scattered for 600 metres along the median strip.
The dead man was the truck’s sole occupant.
Transport Workers Union Queensland branch spokeswoman Rebecca Dumbleton said she was disgusted that motorists could drive past the crash scene and not help or call police.
“That truck driver’s life might have been saved if someone had helped him out,” she said.
“Obviously, you could see that it (the truck) was smashed.”
“Even in thick fog you would have seen tail lights or debris.
“The truck is massive.”
The driver’s employer Angell Transport were shocked to hear of the accident.
Co-owner Helen Angell said she had a gut wrenching feeling when the driver did not arrive at the base in Rocklea on time.
“I called around and heard from a towing company that there had been a serious crash on the Bruce Highway but they didn’t know anything else,” she said.
“I called the police who confirmed the worst.
A spokeswoman from the Brisbane based Bureau of Meteorology said there was reduced visibility at Maroochydore Airport early Monday morning.
“We don’t have manual recordings but using an enhancement it’s likely that it was foggy,” she said.
“It was moist and winds were light. Fog is often thickest in low-lying valley areas.”
As a result of the accident and the difficult clean up, traffic slowed to a crawl for six kilometres on the Bruce Highway during the peak hour commute.
One lane remained closed until 12.30pm causing delays.
Senior Constable Gary Church, from the Sunshine Coast forensic crash unit, said a front loader was called in to help with the tricky clean-up.
“We got rid of the heavy stuff and all the left over debris was pushed into a dry concrete creek bed and then collected.
“Because the creek was dry there was no environmental concerns.
“The bridge was also inspected for structural damage and declared safe.”
The driver is believed to have left Rockhampton with his load on Sunday night.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information on the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the North Coast Region Police Communications Centre on 07 5409 0000.