SES volunteers work on freeing the cane truck that ended up in the bush beside the Pacific Highway south of Broadwater.
SES volunteers work on freeing the cane truck that ended up in the bush beside the Pacific Highway south of Broadwater.

Rain blamed for collision on highway

By MARY MANN mary.mann@northernstar.com.au

WET weather may have played a part in an accident involving a car and a cane truck near Broadwater yesterday morning.

The Commodore station wagon was cut in half by the impact of the crash when it collided with the specialised container transport (SCT) truck, which was carrying a 250-tonne load of cane on its way to the Broadwater sugar mill about 9.20am.

The truck ended up in bush on the side of the road about 2km south of Broadwater on the Pacific Highway.

Jim McCormack, controller of the Woodburn SES unit, said it had been raining heavily at the time of the crash.

"We had about 16mm of rain over a couple of hours in the morning and I think the wet weather had something to do with it," Mr McCormack said.

"It serves as a reminder for drivers that they need to be wary when it's raining because the roads are extra slippery."

Traffic on the highway was slowed for about an hour-and-a-half while the car and truck were salvaged.

Mr McCormack said the rescue crew got 'quite wet' because it was still raining as they cleaned up and directed traffic.

Neither of the drivers was%seriously injured.



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