Truck rollover causes highway chaos

Emergency crews still working to remove overturned road-train that spilled most of its load of concrete on a Queensland highway

By Brad Gardner | March 1, 2010

Emergency crews are still working to remove a stricken road-train that rolled over last week, spilling concrete and shutting down a highway in northern Queensland.

The incident happened about 6am on February 28 on the Landsborough Highway when the two rearmost trailers tipped east of the Queensland mining region of Mt Isa.

Cranes were brought in to remove the truck, but a police spokesman says work has been hampered by the amount of concrete spilled onto the road and surrounding area.

"At least a third of the contents has come out," he says.

The highway has been blocked at Winton and the intersection of the Flinders and Landsborough highways east of Cloncurry.

The routes is not expected to open until late afternoon.

The spokesman says the truck is still on the road, but police have not yet determined what caused the accident.

He says investigations into the cause of the incident will happen after the vehicle and debris are removed.

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