Pair safe after fuel spill

A 46-YEAR-OLD man who crashed a petrol tanker near Comet yesterday spilling 18,000 litres of diesel had his four-year-old son inside the cab.

The accident, 5km east of Comet on the Capricorn Highway, came on the second day of a National Easter Road Safety Campaign which targets “adverse driving behaviour”, including drink-driving, speeding and driving while tired.

The B-double left the road at 6.55am and rolled down an embankment, puncturing the rear fuel tank.

Cental Queensland regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said both the man and his son were not injured.

The diesel was absorbed into the ground. Police are investigating.

Police breath-tested 589 drivers yesterday in the Rockhampton region for drink-driving with four found to be over the limit.

Forty-two people were pulled over for speeding.

Inspector Mitchell said: “Given the amount of traffic it was a good result.”

There were five injury crashes on the first day of the

traffic blitz.

Inspector Mitchell said at 3pm on

Thursday there was a head-on crash at the intersection of

Carlton Street and Yaamba Road.

A 60-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries but was not taken to hospital.

At 4.40pm a 21-year-old male driver crashed his car after an epileptic fit in Emerald.

His injuries were unknown.

Over 1000 drivers were breath-tested on Thursday with two drivers found over the legal limit.



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