The streep sweeper is lifted well clear of the water.
The streep sweeper is lifted well clear of the water. Robyne Cuerel

Street sweeper driver may have suffered cardiac attack

THE driver of a street sweeper which crashed into Tooan Tooan Creek on Thursday may have suffered some sort of cardiac attack, an ambulance officer says.

He said the driver, in his late 50s, managed to escape the wreck because the windscreen popped out in the crash allowing him to swim out.

The ambulance officer said the man was taken to hospital but a father and daughter from a ute involved in the crash, although shaken, were not taken to hospital.

In Thursday's crash, the council street sweeper veered across lanes, nudged a ute, smashed its way past a concrete light pole and tore through guard rails before landing in the creek.

It spent the next four hours as the Esplanade's newest attraction, pulling a crowd of 80-odd who watched as emergency crew, contractors and council staff worked to get the heavy vehicle out.

A police representative said investigations were continuing but early indications were the driver of the truck was at fault.

"(The truck) has collided with a vehicle, which has forced him to hit the vehicle, hit a light pole and go over the bridge into Tooan Tooan Ck," the representative said.

There were fears fuel would leak from the smashed wreck into the creek and ocean as it lay submerged on its side.

But Cliff Clark, council contractor from Coastal Maintenance and Equipment Hire, said he plugged only one small leak and most of the threatening substances were restricted to their holding tanks in the truck.

Traffic was diverted from the Esplanade for hours from noon after the crash on Thursday.

Two tow trucks from Gympie pulled out the street sweeper.



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