Cross-country . . . the driver of this semi-trailer had a lucky escape at Corindi Beach early yesterday.
Cross-country . . . the driver of this semi-trailer had a lucky escape at Corindi Beach early yesterday.

Close shave for truckie



A COFFS HARBOUR truckie had a close shave when his semi-trailer crossed the the Pacific Highway and ploughed through a paddock early yesterday.

The 28-year-old driver was treated at hospital for shock. At least 600 litres of diesel leaked into the paddock from fuel tanks ruptured in the smash.

The driver was heading north at Corindi Beach at 3.13am and approached a sweeping left-hand bend 300m south of the Blackadder Road intersection.

Acting Sergeant Craig Enchelmaier said the rig failed to negotiate the corner and veered to the wrong side of the road.

The semi, laden with foodstuffs, crashed through a deep culvert on the eastern side of the highway and continued for another 150 metres into the paddock before coming to rest.

"There was extensive damage to the prime mover, but the vehicle remained upright," Sgt Enchelmaier said.

Traffic was light and the road was dry at the time of the accident, he said.

The highway was not blocked.

Polie and ambulance officers from Coffs Harbour, firefighters from Woolgoolga Fire Station and the Rural Fire Service, and an RTA heavy vehicle inspector from Grafton were called to the scene.

Police inquiries into the cause of the accident continue.



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