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17 December, 2020

Cattle truck driver manages to extricate himself after truck rolls over

The single occupant of a cattle truck was taken to Emerald Hospital for further observation following his self-extraction from the vehicle after it rolled over on the Capricorn Highway last Wednesday.

Capricorn Highway crash site

Initial observations made by the Queensland Ambulance Service indicated the male occupant had minor injuries likely as a result of him wearing a seat belt.

Emerald fire and rescue crews were called to the incident which took place at approximately 4pm, 5kms east of Emerald.

Three fire appliance vehicles, including a heavy rescue tender, responded to the incident.

Emerald Station Officer Scott Castree said the driver had been in a position to self-extricate from the overturned cattle truck prior to his team’s arrival and the Queensland Ambulance Service was on hand to provide medical care.

A small amount of diesel, oil and battery acid was observed leaking from the vehicle with fire crews working to contain the spills and minimise any further spills.

Central Highlands Regional Council sent road maintenance crews to the scene to repair the highway which had gouges in the bitumen as a result of the rollover.

Emergency crews remained on scene for hazard mitigation while the vehicle was righted by a local towing authority.


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