TROUBLE: The wreckage of the tanker.
TROUBLE: The wreckage of the tanker. Meghan Kidd

Couple escape injury when truck comes unstuck near Duaringa

A CAPELLA couple has escaped injury when a bitumen tanker attempted to overtake them and rolled on the Capricorn Hwy on Friday afternoon.

An unspecified amount of hot bitumen from the 13,000 litre load, heated to about 180 degrees celcius, spilled from the ruptured tanks on to the road surface shortly after the incident, 11.3km west of Duaringa about 2.20pm.

The tanker driver, 35, and his 43-year-old male passenger, both from Bundaberg, were treated by paramedics at the scene for bruises and soreness.

The prime mover was righted about 7.30pm, but traffic flow remained severely impeded for some hours.

"The truck driver has come over the hill and he has decided nothing is coming and he would overtake," Duaringa officer-in-charge Sergeant Paul James said.

"Then the facts vary so the matter remains under investigation."

The Capella husband and wife, 66 and 63, were in a Pajero four-wheel drive towing a Jayco caravan. Statements were taken from both parties.

It was the second heavy vehicle incident within days in the region.

Last Tuesday, a semi-trailer, hauling nine BOC 13m empty hydrogen gas cylinders south on the Fitzroy Developmental Rd, rolled about 2pm.

The male driver, 54, from Yeronga in Brisbane, was uninjured, but emergency services from Blackwater and Duaringa responded to the incident and put up an exclusion zone, bringing traffic to a halt.

"The driver slowed and pulled to the left hand side of the road as directed by traffic control for a wide load to allow room," a police spokesman said.

"The driver believed there was insufficient room and pulled further to the left where the trailer started to slip off the surface and he rolled.

"With the assistance of two cranes and a heavy vehicle recovery unit, the wreckage was cleared about midnight."


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