It could have been worse
By CRAIG McTEAR
THE weary and bruised truck driver watched on as the salvage operation crunched around him.
The 32-year-old Queenslander was talking on his mobile phone at lunchtime yesterday only metres from where he had earlier cheated death on the Pacific Highway north of Coffs Harbour.
When approached by the Coffs Coast Advocate for an interview, he said he wasn't able to talk about the accident, but did say 'there was definitely no speeding involved'.
He is one of many truckies who have crashed at the bottom of the steep hill below the Big Banana.
The Brisbane-bound semi ? which was carrying drums of cooking oil, engine oil, paint, and other cargo ? careered off the western side of the highway and tipped onto its side into a table drain at 3.30am.
The driver scrambled from his cabin with an injured shoulder and bruising, and was treated at hospital. He was discharged later in the morning.
His load was strewn beside the highway, where some of the drums burst open.
Fire crews contained any spillages and the RTA used a backhoe to remove contaminated soil and debris.
Even when highway lanes were later reopened to traffic, motorists experienced short delays as emergency crews worked throughout the day to clear the area.
Police are continuing their inquiries into the cause of the accident.