Cattle killed in B-double crash
By MARY MANN
TWENTY-ONE head of cattle died yesterday morning after the B-double truck they were being transported in ran off a road near Coraki.
The Frasers Livestock Transport truck was on its way to deliver 66 head of cattle to the Northern Co-operative Meat Company in Casino.
The truck left Coraki Road about 8km from Coraki at 6.20am, throwing the driver through the front windscreen as the truck rolled through a fence and into a paddock on the side of the road.
Acting police inspector Stephen Clark said the man received minor injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by ambulance.
He said the 21 dead steers were either killed in the accident or had to be destroyed because of the severity of their injuries.
Workers from the Northern Co-operative Meat Company worked to free the cattle from the truck and destroy the injured animals. The surviving cattle were taken away in another truck.
The road was blocked near the scene of the accident until 2pm yesterday to allow salvage crews to remove the trailers of prime mover.
Rural Fire Service brigades from Woodburn and Casino East attended the scene to provide standby fire protection while the cattle were removed from the truck.
A representative from the Northern Co-operative Meat Company yesterday did not wish to comment.
A representative from Frasers Livestock Transport, based in Warwick, was not available for comment.