Hail dump trips traffic chaos

COLD HARD CRASH: A passing motorist captured a truck crash on the Gore Hwy last night during heavy hail.
COLD HARD CRASH: A passing motorist captured a truck crash on the Gore Hwy last night during heavy hail.

UPDATE: A storm which dumped 15cm of hail near Pittsworth turned the Gore Hwy into an ice rink.

A truck carrying ice-cream cones lost control while driving on the thick ice and rolled at Yarranlea at 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Other truck drivers stopped to help the injured driver.

They used a hammer to break the windscreen and offered him assistance and blankets until paramedics arrived.

The 48-year-old driver sustained suspected broken ribs and lacerations.

Paramedics took him to the Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.

Higgins Storm Chaser Jamie Nicol was bogged in the thick ice on the side of the road when the truck stopped just metres from him.

"I heard it and looked in my mirror and saw the truck sliding and coming straight for me," Mr Nicol said.

Luckily, the truck came to rest on the other side of the road.

Pittsworth Police were on the scene for a number of hours and performed traffic control.

Fire crews used water hoses to clear the icy road with the help of a Main Roads grader.

A motorcyclist also lost control on the slippery highway and fell off his motorcycle.

He sustained only minor injuries.

Two heavy haulage tow trucks were preparing to right the tipped semi-trailer about 1am.


EARLIER: A truck driver received arm and stomach injuries when a truck overturned on the Gore Hwy 15km west of Pittsworth last night.

The crash happened about 8.45pm. He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital.

Heavy hail was believed to be a factor in the crash.

A passing motorist told The Chronicle that the truck "slid on the hail then rolled, skidding along the road".

The truck came to a stop just metres from the motorist's vehicle, which had become bogged on the side of the highway in the hail.

"A motorcyclist also came off his bike at the same place just moments before the truck slid and rolled," the motorist told The Chronicle.

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