Mango split blocks roads
BOXES of mangoes spilled across a highway, powerlines were felled and traffic ground to a halt in the centre of Rockhampton yesterday, when a semi-trailer overturned on the corner of Yaamba Road and Moores Creek Road.
The Volvo semi-trailer, heading south, tipped about 6.25pm, ripping off most of the top of its trailer. Emergency Services closed Moores Creek Road, where the truck and its load of mangoes came to rest after briefly sliding across the tarmac. Live powerlines lay about the area and diesel spilled.
The truck’s driver freed himself and was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with minor injuries.
Ergon Energy were called to isolate the powerlines and representives from Rockhampton Regional Council and the Environmental Protection Agency were called to help deal with the clean-up.
Traffic was diverted away from the area, but Yaamba Road was open for use. Moores Creek Road was still closed at 9pm last night.
Workers operating front-end loaders were unloading the fruity cargo into the night. A heavy haulage tow truck was called in to take away the semi-trailer.