A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway at Epsom
A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway at Epsom

Peak Downs Highway open after mine truck bucket chaos

UPDATE 7.30PM: The Peak Down Highway has opened after a mining bucket was dislodged falling across both lanes about 7am Wednesday at Epsom.

Nebo Senior Constable Andrew Perrett said the recovery equipment had been removed and both lanes were now open.

A police spokesman said the traffic had been backed up 15km during the morning, with diversions in place for vehicles.

3.55PM: A second crane has arrived at the Peak Downs Highway at Epsom after a mining truck bucket was dislodged falling across both lanes about 7am.

A police spokesman said traffic was backed up 15km on the highway after the incident with road closures in place for most of the day.

The spokesman said crews were now awaiting a large truck to join the two cranes already on scene to help in removing the fallen bucket.

The spokesman said the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Mackay Council were also on site inspecting potential damage to the road.

Reports indicate the road will be closed for the next few hours.

Nebo Senior Constable Andrew Perrett said previous diversions were still in place with smaller vehicles able to turn around at Sutter Development Road.

Road users can avoid the incident by detouring via Oxford Downs – Sarina Road, Marlborough – Sarina Road and Blue Mountain Road.

Drivers are advised to be aware of one lane bridges and unsealed sections particularly on Blue Mountain Road.

10.48am: Two cranes have been deployed to the Peak Downs Highway after a truck lost its load near the Stockyard Creek Bridge, Epsom about 7am.

Nebo Senior Constable Andrew Perrett said the bucket had been dislodged from the truck falling across both lanes of the highway.

Nebo police have requested all light vehicles travelling east divert at Oxford Downs Sarina Road.

Heavy vehicles unable to travel the Sarina Range should seek alternative routes.

A police spokesman said trucks would be unable to turn around and were stuck at the location while diversion for smaller vehicles to turn around were in place at Sutter Development Road.

Road users can avoid the incident by detouring via Oxford Downs – Sarina Road, Marlborough – Sarina Road and Blue Mountain Road.

Drivers are advised to be aware of one lane bridges and unsealed sections particularly on Blue Mountain Road.

INITIAL 8.20AM: The Peak Downs Highway is expected to be blocked for several hours after a truck lost its load at Epsom about 7am.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said police were on scene and diverting traffic at Nebo junction and turning vehicles to go through Sarina.

Queensland Ambulance has not been advised of any injuries to the truck driver at this stage.

A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway at Epsom
A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway at Epsom

INITIAL 7.11AM: A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway.

Emergency services were called to the incident at Stockyard Creek Bridge, Epsom about 7am.

Delays are expected with traffic blocked in both directions of the highway.

Police are en route to the scene.

A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway, near Sarina. Picture: Corey Lappin
A truck has lost its load on the Peak Downs Highway, near Sarina. Picture: Corey Lappin

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