Driver's rude awakening

The twisted metal of the guard rail at Alderbran Creek.
The twisted metal of the guard rail at Alderbran Creek.

AN Orion farm worker whose vehicle crashed into a creek crossing guard rail on the Dawson Hwy late at night may have fallen asleep, police say.

The accident occurred some time between 10pm on Saturday, November 6, and 12.30am on Sunday, November 7 at Alderbran Creek, about 2km south-east of Three Chain Rd.

It was the third accident at the creek since July 30.

"The driver is lucky he wasn't killed because the front of the car, a 2004 Mazda dual cab, was stoved in," Springsure officer-in-charge Sergeant Bill Boon said.

"It's a good stretch of road so we don't know (the cause)," Sgt Boon said.

"The first accident was alcohol-related, the second was a truck driver who ran off the road and the matter is still under investigation.

"This one was not reported but the damage to the rail was reported and inquiries led to the driver who admitted he wasn't sure, he was feeling tired and must have gone to sleep."

Sgt Boon said the man, 31, said he was returning back to Springsure from Biloela where he had been visiting family.

Sgt Boon said the Springsure division had recently been plagued by a string of traffic accidents, including three courier vans which have rolled in a month.

"We are extremely lucky none of them have been fatal," he said.

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