Police inspect the truck where a wheel came off yesterday, bouncing down the road and hitting two cars.
Police inspect the truck where a wheel came off yesterday, bouncing down the road and hitting two cars. Alistair Brightman

Wayward tyre hits cars

TWO DRIVERS are lucky to be alive after a truck tyre went bounding down a busy Fraser Coast road and struck both vehicles, one after the other.

No one was injured but both drivers were left shaken following the incident on the Hervey Bay-Maryborough Road, near the Baxters Road intersection, about 8.30am yesterday.

The spare tyre came off a south-bound semi-trailer.

It is understood it bounced down the road before it struck and smashed the front bonnet and bumper area of a Hyundai Sonata in the oncoming lane.

They tyre then bounced off that vehicle and struck a blue Nissan four-wheel drive, shattering the windscreen on the passenger side.

Police yesterday took statements from everyone involved and inspected the semi-trailer to investigate how the incident happened.

The Hyundai driver told police they saw the wheel come “bounding down the road”, but realising there was nowhere to swerve, had no choice but to let it hit them.

A family member of the Nissan driver said the driver was too shaken up to talk about the incident. She said she didn’t know what hit the car because it happened too fast, the relative said.

Traffic experienced minor delays for about half an hour following the crash while the damaged vehicles were towed from the scene.

Investigations are continuing.



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