FILE IMAGE: Truck rest stop
FILE IMAGE: Truck rest stop

Two roads closed as trucks flip over

Two trucks have rolled within hours of each other, making for a dangerous period on North Queensland roads.

This morning, a truck carrying dozens of bottles of pesticide rolled on a developmental road around 20 kilometres south of Charters Towers.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said council had blocked the road while scienfitic crews tested and recovered the chemical spill, with testing processes still underway.

The spokeswoman said the spill was contained to the road and had only slightly run off the road.

Emergency services were notified of the rollover just after 7am.

The driver of the truck was understood to be uninjured in the crash.

A man was injured in a truck rollover at Newlands about 11.15pm last night, approximately 50 kilometres south of Collinsville.

The driver aged in his 40s lost control of the truck while driving along the Bowen Developmental Road.

He was transported by paramedics to Collinsville Hospital then flown to Mackay Hospital in a stable condition with a significant arm injury and spinal precautions.

Police were required to set up a two-kilometre exclusion zone while emergency and specialist services responded to a chemical spill from the truck’s load.

The road is expected to be closed for a number of hours.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman confirmed at 8am that workers were still cleaning the chemical spill, and there was no estimated time the road would be reopened.

Police are continuing their investigations, and any members of the public who may have witnessed the crash or have relevant dashcam footage are asked to contact police.


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