Fears held for crushed truckie
EMERGENCY crews worked for more than two-and-a-half hours to free a driver suffering suspected toxic shock from crush injuries when his truck overturned on the Rubyvale-Capella Rd.
The cab of the B-double carrying tonnes of sand in two trailers failed to negotiate a right-hand bend 3km from Rubyvale and rolled about 2am on Saturday.
“The driver was trapped for several hours while being treated at the scene for leg injuries,” Sergeant Brad Cowell said.
“The cab was upside down and the driver was trapped between the steering wheel, his seat and the dashboard.”
In a stroke of luck, the man’s mobile phone fell into his lap in the crash and he was able to phone triple zero.
“There were concerns at the time about toxic poisoning from crush injuries and the driver was freed at 5am and taken to Emerald Hospital with injuries then deemed non-life threatening.”
Sgt Cowell said possible mechanical failure was being investigated as a contributing cause of the crash.
Driver error was also under consideration.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police said the truck was returning to a business outside of Clermont when the incident occurred.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Services from Emerald and Capella attended to cut the driver free.
Ambulance officers also came from Capella and Sapphire. A call for a rescue helicopter was cancelled when the man’s injuries were assessed by paramedics.