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Herd on run after roll over

A road train spills cattle onto the highway.
A road train spills cattle onto the highway.

FORTY-TWO head of cattle took their chance to escape and fled into bushland when a double decker trailer overturned on the Capricorn Hwy on Wednesday.

Anakie’s Sergeant Brad Cowell said police received information a road train had run into trouble near the Willows at 5.30pm.

“A witness and the driver from Alpha stated he was travelling east on the highway when brake smoke started coming from the rear trailer, and he slowed and pulled over to the side of the road,” Sgt Cowell said.

“When he came to a complete stop, the rear trailer was on a lean and slowly fell onto its side, spilling 42 cattle into bushland beside the road.”

Alcohol, fatigue and driver error were not factors in the incident, Sgt Cowell said.

There were no injuries and no obstructions to traffic.


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