TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Chris Morgan, from Woodburn Butchery, pictured at the corner of the Pacific Highway and Cedar Street, Wo
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Chris Morgan, from Woodburn Butchery, pictured at the corner of the Pacific Highway and Cedar Street, Wo

B-double truck slams into Woodburn shop

By Charles Wood news@northernstar.com.au A TRUCK driver and a shop owner narrowly escaped harm yesterday, when a B-double slammed into a small supermarket at Woodburn.

The driver lost control of his north-bound rig at about 7am after rounding a corner and hitting what he claims was a fuel slick.

Tania Hundy was behind the counter of the local IGA supermarket and saw the B-double jackknife, cross the medium strip and head directly towards her.

"It went like slow motion really, he was still moving pretty quickly when he hit the awning and that's how he ended up leaning against the power pole," Tania said.

The prime mover demolished brick planters on the corner and buckled the aluminium awning, but remarkably the building had no obvious structural damage.

The driver, Jeff Green, said he tried everything to keep his rig, loaded with parcels, in a straight line and insisted there was fuel on the road.

"I came round the right hand bend at the speed limit and just hit the slick, you could see it was everywhere," he said.

Mrs Hundy said her eyes met with the driver's as the truck careered towards her.

"I thought he was going to come through (the wall) but he just stopped," she said.

Worker Petria Stewart was collecting supplies from a storeroom at the rear of the premises when the incident occurred.

The impact ruptured one of the prime mover's fuel tanks causing diesel to leak into the gutter.

A second truck driver used his 'spill kit' to prevent more diesel escaping into the Richmond River.

Local butcher Chris Morgan heard the impact and ran out of his shop to assist.

According to Mr Morgan, the driver was just getting out and was pretty shaken up.

Mr Morgan directed traffic around the truck, until the driver was able to move it off the road.

A Rural Fire Service crew arrived, followed by an ambulance and police vehicles.

The highway remained closed in both directions for nearly three hours while a Hazmat crew from Goonellabah, the RTA and RFS volunteers cleaned up.

The damaged prime mover was towed away and another brought in to take the load on to Brisbane.

Police are investigating.



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