Loose bricks prompt warning on load security

Rigid tipper pulled over on the M5 in NSW with a load of unsecured bricks on board

September 17, 2013

New South Wales Police has issued a warning to the trucking industry on load security after officers pulled over a rigid tipper on the M5 with loose bricks on board.

Highway patrol officers detected the truck travelling west at Milperra carrying building materials.

The officers saw a large number of unsecured bricks protruding over the side of the tip-truck, which could be easily removed by police and were at risk of falling from the vehicle.

The 48-year-old truck driver was ordered to secure the load and was issued with a court attendance notice for a severe load restraint breach.

"The rules are simple. Each driver needs to ensure they properly secure and restrain their loads, and not risk the lives of others on our roads," Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

"Police will continue to patrol to ensure the safety of all road users and to prevent tragic crashes where a load may fall onto another vehicle. We want truck drivers to know we are out there and will stop anyone not operating safely."

The truck was stopped by police at the Henry Lawson Drive exit ramp.

Meanwhile, an investigation is underway into the circumstances that led to a semi-trailer hitting a power pole before crashing into the front yard of a home in Springwood yesterday.

The truck was heading east on the Great Western Highway about 11.30pm when it hit the power pole near Stuart Road.

The pole was cut in half, and the truck continued down the highway before stopping in the front yard of a home, just metres from the front of the house, on the corner of the highway and Boland Road.

The driver was not hurt and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine samples. The man, woman and child inside the home were not hurt.

The truck ruptured a gas main that caused a significant leak, resulting in the evacuation of two homes in the area. The gas main has been clamped and will be repaired today.

The incident also cut power to homes. All lanes of the Great Western Highway are open. The semi-trailer will be recovered today.

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