Two heavy-duty tow trucks pull street sweeper from creek
UPDATE: The street sweeper which crashed off the Esplanade is back on dry land after two heavy-duty tow trucks lifted it out of Tooan Tooan Creek.
A heavy-duty tow truck driver waded into the creek earlier to connect tow cables to the truck which crashed about noon on Thursday.
A crowd of more than 80 spectators gathered on the bridge, the creek banks and the beach to watch the effort to pull the truck from the creek.
EARLIER: A street sweeper has crashed through guard rails and a power pole into Tooan Tooan Creek at Pialba.
At least one person has been taken to hospital.
A ute travelling in the opposite direction was forced off the road but its driver appears unhurt.
The esplanade is blocked in both directions and traffic is being diverted to Torquay Rd.
The vehicle appears to have veered from the road, through a concrete light pole and guard rails before coming to a stop in the creek.
Emergency crews will spend the next few hours planning how to pull the council truck out of the water and are concerned about diesel spilling into the ocean.
Ergon crews are in the process of disconnecting power to the area and signs warn of live wires.
A bulldozer has built a sand bridge temporarily blocking the creek to prevent any oil spilled from the truck reaching the ocean while workers mop up the oil.
Council contractor Cliff Clark, of Coastal Maintenance and Equipment, is cleaning up the oil with absorbent material and said he did not think much had escaped from the street sweeper.