Driver of crashed truck makes plea to fix dip in road
THE driver of truck that crashed on Saltwater Creek Rd says he was not speeding at the time of the crash - in fact, he was travelling at 20kmh below the speed limit.
Maryborough's Kenneth Hamilton said he was towing a trailer doing 80kmh, travelling towards Maryborough, when he hit a dip coming off Saltwater Creek bridge.
"It bounced off that dip and aquaplaned across the road," he said.
"I was jack-knifed and the trailer was pushing me sideways."
Mr Hamilton said he was being "extra cautious" in the wet but the dip was dangerous even in dry weather.
He said the road should be fixed because there was another crash in the same spot on Wednesday.
Mr Hamilton said his back was injured in the crash and he did not know if he would be able to return to work.
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said a maintenance contractor visited the area on Thursday to inspect the road surface and monitor motorists' behaviour.
"Although they concluded that there is no safety risk to motorists, we have asked the contractor to undertake minor works to improve the road surface before the Easter break," she said.
"The recent crashes are a timely reminder to drive to road conditions at all times, especially during wet weather."
Tips for driving in wet conditions
- Slow down
- Ensure you have good tyre tread
- Double your distance between you and the car in front. This allows for greater reaction and braking time
- Postpone your trip on unsealed roads
- Check road conditions on the 131 940 (www.131940.qld.gov.au) website, with local police or RACQ.
- Turn on your lights
- Further information is available on the guide to flooding and roads (www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Travel-and-transport/Road-and-traffic-info/Guide-to-flooding-and-roads.aspx) page.