Cows escape after truck rolls, trapping driver
ESCAPED cows running around North Lismore caused a headache for police and council employees following a truck rollover yesterday afternoon.
Inspector Bill McKenna, of Richmond police, said emergency services were called to Alexandra Pde about 3.45pm after reports a stock truck had overturned.
He said when they arrived at the scene they found the 52-year-old Eureka man driving the white Hino truck was trapped by his legs.
North Lismore resident Christine Devine and her son Zac said initially they knew nothing about the crash.
"We thought the cows were trying to escape the cattle yards," she said.
"We turned around and then saw four more cows in a paddock and told the police and they said they were having a bit more trouble with the truck that had rolled."
Bystanders gathered to watch emergency services in action.
"Just after we arrived the jaws of life came out to help free the trapped driver," Ms Devine said.
Police rescue and paramedics worked together to stabilise the driver inside the truck cab before he was released after more than 30 minutes.
Insp McKenna said the truck was travelling north on Alexandra Pde carrying cattle bound for the saleyards.
"It appears the driver has lost control under a railway overpass," he said.
"Unfortunately, at the time of the accident the truck was carrying 17 head of cattle.
"The cattle have left the truck and Lismore City Council staff are in the process of gathering up those stock and making sure they are right."
Paramedics stabilised the truck driver at the scene before he was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition with non life-threatening injuries to his legs.