Driver's lucky escape as truck flips
A CEMENT truck driver had to be dragged from his crushed cabin following a spectacular accident yesterday.
The truck, fully-laden with 35 tonnes of fly ash, was travelling north on Christmas Bells Road near Coffs Harbour airport when the driver apparently failed to negotiate a bend.
The truck flipped and landed on its roof.
Three mates had been driving towards the truck when they saw it 'do a 360, come off the side (of the road) and rip up all the dirt'.
"We dragged him out the back window," one of the men said.
Police, ambulance and fire crews rushed to the scene at 2.45pm. Senior Constable Roy Bailey said the driver suffered a cut to his head, a shoulder injury and possible internal injuries.
Ambulance officers took the man to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Coffs Harbour Fire Station officer-in-charge, Nat La Macchia, said a hazardous materials vehicle was dispatched to help contain the 600 litres of diesel which leaked from the wrecked prime mover.
After initial difficulties, fire crews were able to confine the spillage to the immediate area.
They awaited a crane and a heavy vehicle tow to right the truck so that sand could be brought in to complete the containment job.
Roads and Traffic Authority heavy vehicle inspectors also arrived at the scene. Police inquiries continue.