Off-course: This semi-trailer rollover on the Pacific Highway south of Coffs Harbour blocked northbound lanes for more than four hours and led to a major clean-up operation.
Off-course: This semi-trailer rollover on the Pacific Highway south of Coffs Harbour blocked northbound lanes for more than four hours and led to a major clean-up operation. Frank Redward

Truck driver loses control on hwy

THE Pacific Highway has delivered more chaos with yet another semi-trailer accident south of Coffs Harbour.

The Englands Road/Stadium Drive roundabout proved too hot to handle for a 35-year-old truckie who came to grief about 1.20am yesterday.

Police said the semi, laden with rolls of newsprint, was heading north when the driver lost control as he negotiated the roundabout at the bottom of the hill.

He careered off the road and wiped out vegetation as he overturned by the side of the highway, which was closed to northbound traffic for more than four hours.

The driver was lucky to walk away unscathed but he was later fined for negligent driving.

Heavy vehicle salvage crews, along with the RTA and other road workers, spent most of the morning clearing the scene, where the long black tyre marks left behind by the big rig were clearly evident.

Fire crews cleaned up diesel which spewed onto the road.

“No other vehicles were involved but it could have been horrendous had the semi hit a tree, another vehicle or worse,” an eyewitness said.



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