A road closed sign at the fatal crash near Emerald.
A road closed sign at the fatal crash near Emerald.

Cows euthanased after fatal crash

POLICE say four cows were euthanased after the smash that killed a man near Emerald last night.

Two officers from Anakie Police Station worked all night after being called to the scene of the truck crash at 7.30pm.

Sergeant Brad Cowell said it was “one of the nastiest” accidents he had seen in his 23 years as a police officer.

He said out of about 58 head of cattle, four didn’t survive.

The highway remains closed as council workers clear debris and diesel strewn about half a kilometre from the accident scene.

The two trucks have been taken to Emerald.

8.30am:  Police say the impact of the accident that killed a man near Emerald last night was so severe two trucks landed 100m apart.

Local police said it was the worst crash they had seen.

A 40-year-old semi-trailer driver died instantly when his road train collided with a cattle truck.

Police said the crash happened on the Capricorn Highway about 6.40pm about 11km east of Anakie.

It is believed the male driver of the semi-trailer was killed instantly.

The 46-year-old driver of the cattle truck was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with serious injuries.

Authorities at the scene euthanased badly injured cattle.

The Capricorn Highway at Anakie is still closed and was expected to remain closed for several more hours.



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