ABOVE: Tracey Sichter with the damage caused to her car after a barrel fell off a truck near Bakers Creek.
ABOVE: Tracey Sichter with the damage caused to her car after a barrel fell off a truck near Bakers Creek. Jonathan Reichard

Driver of truck that dropped highway barrel did not stop

A WOMAN has been left shaken and with damage to her car after a loose barrel fell from a truck into her path on the highway.

Police are investigating the incident south of Bakers Creek which left two cars in need of repairs.

According to a witness, the driver of the truck saw what had happened but did not stop.

Tracey Sichter said she had been heading towards Sarina, near the Bakers Creek Tavern, about 3.50pm on Monday when the barrel came loose from a northbound truck and she couldn't avoid it. It bounced off her car and hit another vehicle coming the other way.

"A 44 gallon plastic drum flew off the back of this truck and hit the road, then went into me,” she said.

"I was lucky enough to slow down so it didn't go through my windscreen, it whacked my car and went flying into him (the driver of the second car). He was heading towards Mackay, same as the truck.

"I was in shock. I was just so glad I was alive, like 'oh my God, I've survived'.

"You've got no idea what it's like, something that big coming at a small car.”

The other vehicle damaged by the barrel was driven by Peter Meiert.

"I was driving between Rosella store and Bakers Creek Tavern on the highway. I saw a truck in front of me, then I saw the drums move on the driver's side. It was either a work truck or a courier's truck.

LEFT: The barrel which fell off a truck and hit two cars between Bakers Creek and Rosella on Monday August 1.
LEFT: The barrel which fell off a truck and hit two cars between Bakers Creek and Rosella on Monday August 1. Contributed

"It was a trayback with cages and gear on the back. It looked to be about 6 to 8 tonne mark. Either medium rigid or a heavy rigid truck, it wasn't light rigid.

"When it flew out, (Ms Sichter) saw it, she tried to slow down as much as she could and veer over, it still got her, then it flew back across the road from the southbound lane into the northbound lane, and hit me on the front bumper, split the bumper bar and the headlight.

"Then when I hit it, it went straight back over to the southern side of the road and landed next to the table drain on the other side of the road.

"Me and her have stopped, the bloke I had in the car went up to see if she was alright, and I got on the phone straight away to report what was going on.

"The bloke driving the truck definitely saw it happen, because as soon as it came off, you could see the puff of black smoke from his exhaust, he saw it happen and just put his foot down to get out of there. He wanted nothing to do with it.

"It was too far away for me to get the number plate.”

Police were contacted and they confirmed that the incident had been reported and that they were investigating. At the time of publication, police had not replied to requests for further comment.



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