A MECHANICAL fault is being blamed for a truck losing its load on the Kamilaroi Highway on Monday.
Police were called to the scene 10km south of Quirindi at 5.30pm after reports a low-loader carrying a 42-tonne roll of conveyor belt had lost its load.
Oxley Police Acting Inspector Damien Brown said the lost load had caused considerable damage to the road surface.
“The incident caused the southbound lane of the highway to be closed between 5.30pm yesterday and 12am this morning,” Acting Inspector Brown said.
“Road crews from Liverpool Plains Shire Council were on the scene quite early and have helped re-open the road.
“I’m not sure of the extent of the damage but I understand the council will be dealing with that.”
Inspector Brown said a mechanical fault was the likely cause of the accident.
“It was very lucky there were no other vehicles around at the time of the accident, because someone could have been badly hurt,” he said.
“Given that it was a heavy-load and not a wide-load there was no legal need for any pilot vehicles to accompany the driver.
“Two cranes were needed to move the load off the road to allow the highway to re-open and I believe the truck was removed sometime this morning.”
No further action will be taken against the driver.
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