By ZOE SATHERLEY and RENEE REDMOND
THERE might be 43 beans in every cup but yesterday there were 68 pallets of Nescafe instant coffee strewn all over a Parrots Nest paddock. A B-double laden with $600,000 worth of instant coffee in glass jars lost its load on the Bruxner Highway between Lismore and Casino, spilling its aromatic cargo. Thousands of jars were smashed but many were able to be salvaged in an operation that was still under way late last night. The B-double driver, a 28-year-old Ocean Shores man, was fortunate to escape serious injury. He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital and treated for shock and bruising. Duty Officer Insp Tony Crandell said the accident happened at about 12.45pm when the B-double, travelling west on the highway, crested a hill and failed to negotiate a sweeping left-hand bend. The driver told police that in his rear-view mirror he could see the truck's rear driver's-side tyres lift off the ground. He applied the brakes, but the truck skidded off the roadway, flipped onto its passenger side, and skidded for 100 metres before coming to rest on the embankment. The truck had come from Gympie via Brisbane and Lismore. An RTA heavy vehicle inspector who attended the crash site said a contributing factor to the accident may have been an insecure load which caused the pallets to shift, tipping the truck over onto its side. Truck owner Peter Boyle, of PJ Boyle Transport in Lismore, arrived at the scene shortly after the accident. Mr Boyle said the truck could be repaired, but the accident would put a dint in his business, which employed three drivers. He said the truck would probably be out of action for a couple of months. NSW Rural Fire Service units from Caniaba and Wyrallah attended, along with three police vehicles and NSW Ambulance.