Les Rogers inspects the damage to his residence after a truck rolled down the hill, hitting a car, campervan, boat, fence and came to a stop when it knocked over the brick pillars.
Les Rogers inspects the damage to his residence after a truck rolled down the hill, hitting a car, campervan, boat, fence and came to a stop when it knocked over the brick pillars. Nikita Watts

Truck leaves trail of destruction

IT was like a scene from an insurance TV commercial.

A tip truck loaded with sand mysteriously rolled front-first from the top of Plantation Drive in Yeppoon yesterday.

It hit a parked car, a boat on a trailer, a caravan, a power box (leaving live wires exposed), crossed the road and hit a fence before crashing into Les Rogers' residence at 7.30am, knocking over the brick pillars and causing thousands of dollars of damage.

The impact smashed windows and tore off guttering.

At the scene yesterday, incident controller Rob Cronk, of the Yeppoon Fire and Rescue Service, said he wasn't sure how the unoccupied truck rolled.

Les arrived soon after the commotion, jumping straight on the phone to the home owner, his mate Ken Karmichael, who works out of town, but could not get hold of him.

Les was in high spirits and even had a laugh about the situation.

“I left a message and told him, ‘you better ring me mate, a truck has run into your house,' but I should have told him I have just done some renovations,” he joked.

“We were going to render the pillars on the weekend actually. It was quite nice; we were starting to get it nice. Now I have a draft, but at least we got some free sand.”

Mr Cronk said it was lucky no one was injured.



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