Driver contains damage

Trailers of a prime mover that jack-knifed on the Capricorn Highway are rolled onto their side.
Trailers of a prime mover that jack-knifed on the Capricorn Highway are rolled onto their side.

A FOLLOWMONT truck driver was taken to hospital with chest injuries after rolling his prime mover on the Capricorn Highway near Bogantungan, west of Emerald, on Monday night.

Anakie officer in charge Sergeant Brad Cowell praised the skill of the experienced driver in managing to lessen the potential impact of the single vehicle incident.

“The prime mover was pulling three trailers coming down a hill and in light rain the truck failed to respond,” he said.

“The driver over-corrected and jack-knifed the prime mover and the trailers.

“The driver was very experienced and has driven that road five times every fortnight for the past six years on a general freight run from Rockhampton to Longreach and return.

“The truck was empty at the time and the skill of the driver managed to keep the prime mover upright but the three trailers rolled onto their sides and into the table drain.”

With no mobile phone reception in the area 49kms west of Anakie, the truckie used his two-way to alert others of his plight.

Locals, including an Emerald Hospital nurse who lived on a nearby property, were quickly on scene to help the driver until emergency services personnel arrived.

Sgt Cowell ruled out fatigue, speed and alcohol as contributing factors to the crash.

“It is a timely reminder with the Easter long weekend approaching for drivers to be extra careful with the most precious load of all – themselves and their families,” he said.

“Don’t be the one to fill the stretcher these holidays.”

Sgt Cowell said police would be out in force across the region during the Easter break.

Elsewhere, police are warning electronic items such as GPS units and music devices may be a common car accessory but they could also be a magnet for opportunistic thieves when left inside a vehicle.

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