First responders worked to free a 29yo Brisbane man from his truck after a serious crash at Palmer Bridge in Freestone. The man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to his legs and cuts to his head. Freestone residents have been calling for upgrades to Palmer Bridge for years. SDRC is currently seeking tender applications for works, due to commence later this year.
First responders worked to free a 29yo Brisbane man from his truck after a serious crash at Palmer Bridge in Freestone. The man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to his legs and cuts to his head. Freestone residents have been calling for upgrades to Palmer Bridge for years. SDRC is currently seeking tender applications for works, due to commence later this year. Marian Faa

Bigger trucks could access road where horror crash unfurled

REPORTS of regular near-misses on Palmer Bridge have emerged in the wake of a horrific truck crash, but heavier vehicles could be permitted on Freestone Rd in the future.

A report from The Warwick Daily News says that B-Doubles are not allowed to utilise the road under current regulations due to load restrictions on Palmer Bridge.

But scheduled upgrades to Palmer Bridge and a proposed B-Double route could see heavier vehicles travelling through Freestone in the future.

In a statement to announce funding for the work, Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the new bridge would have two lanes, increasing the load limit from 42.5T to 166T.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said usage of a proposed B-Double route would be managed through a permit process through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

"The usage of the proposed B-Double route will be for B-Doubles wishing to get onto Freestone Rd from Toowoomba way or from Warwick way," the spokeswoman said.

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