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Highway in turmoil as truck rolls on its side

A B-DOUBLE which rolled over near the Big Banana caused dramas for Saturday traffic on the northern side of Coffs Harbour.

The Kenworth B-Double semi-trailer was travelling north on the Pacific Highway about 3am on Saturday when it rolled over at the intersection of West Korora Road and the highway.

The rolled B-Double blocked part of the highway for more than 14 hours, with traffic management put in place by the RTA from 3.39am until 5.34pm on Saturday, co-ordinated by the RTA's Northern Region operations manager.

The accident, which was attended by all emergency services, was followed by a major clean-up of metal debris.

The two southbound lanes of the highway were closed all day, but the northbound lanes were used to provide one lane each way for most of the day.

All lanes of the highway were closed from 3.32pm to 3.50pm to allow for the B-double to be righted and removed.

An RTA spokeswoman said the traffic flow had been quite moderate for most the day, but heavy for several short periods and the salvage operation had done smoothly.

Coffs Harbour Police said the 26-year-old driver from Camina in Queensland had lost control of his rear trailer, which had rolled over to the right at a 45 degree angle.

The driver had tried to accelerate to right the trailer, but it continued to roll and pulled over the rest of the vehicle, flipping it over the median strip, where it came to rest in the first southbound lane of the highway.

The driver was uninjured and was able to help with the salvage operation.


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