News

Fiery truck crash causes more than $1 million damage

A FIERY truck crash on the M1 Motorway at Nerang on Tuesday has left Lismore trucking company Bill Ward Transport facing an insurance claim of more than $1 million.

A Bill Ward Transport Volvo prime mover carrying fish and kangaroo meat crashed and caught fire on the M1 Motorway at Nerang on Tuesday leaving Mr Ward with an insurance claim of more than $1 million.  Photo: contributed
A Bill Ward Transport Volvo prime mover carrying fish and kangaroo meat crashed and caught fire on the M1 Motorway at Nerang on Tuesday leaving Mr Ward with an insurance claim of more than $1 million. Photo: contributed Photo: contributed

Owner of the company, Bill Ward, said the driver had dropped off a load from Casino in Brisbane and was returning to Lismore when the crash happened on a bridge over the Nerang River about 1.45pm.

As he hadn't yet spoken to the driver, Mr Ward would not speculate on how the crash happened.

"He had two pallets of fish, plus six tonnes of kangaroo meat, the raw product for jerky, on-board the refrigerated Volvo prime mover," he said.

The driver was pulled from the flaming wreck by bystanders as the fire took hold, saving his life.

"They took the driver to Gold Coast Hospital, assessed him and put him in a ward under sedation, so I couldn't speak to him when I went there," Mr Ward said.

"They were happy with how he is going and he's going to be ok; it's not life threatening."

A Bill Ward Transport Volvo prime mover carrying fish and kangaroo meat crashed and caught fire on the M1 Motorway at Nerang on Tuesday leaving Mr Ward with an insurance claim of more than $1 million.  Photo: contributed
A Bill Ward Transport Volvo prime mover carrying fish and kangaroo meat crashed and caught fire on the M1 Motorway at Nerang on Tuesday leaving Mr Ward with an insurance claim of more than $1 million. Photo: contributed Photo: contributed

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics treated a man in his 60s at the scene for soft tissue damage before transporting him to hospital in a stable condition with burns to his eyes.

Mr Ward praised the efforts of everyone involved in rescuing the driver.

"One young bloke named Dale straight away rang us and stayed with the driver the whole time from the accident till when he went to hospital and he was still there at 9.15pm last night," he said.

"He was really concerned because his parents own trucks."

The incident caused major traffic delays as the southbound lanes of the M1 were closed while the wreckage was moved and the bridge inspected.

Thousands of motorists baked in the hot sun as they queued for several hours on the motorway.

After 30 years in the trucking industry, Mr Ward said this wasn't this first crash involving one of his trucks but it was the most spectacular.

Bill Ward is grateful after bystanders rushed to the aid of one of his drivers in Queensland. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Bill Ward is grateful after bystanders rushed to the aid of one of his drivers in Queensland. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

"This insurance claim will be well over $1 million because of the damage to the bridge, the goods we lost and the value of the truck," he said.

"They've had to resurface the bridge, repair the bridge and I've got photos of the damage to the guard rail, which will have to be replaced.

"The truck couldn't be identified as a Volvo, it was just a molten mass of scrap; even the number plates had melted."

Topics:  editors picks nerang truck fire



Byron council accused of backflip over Bruns foreshore plans

The Terrace Reserve Caravan Park at Brunswick Heads. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Councillors putting their faith in "cartoons"

Latest sea level rise scenario would see Byron underwater

INUNDATION THREAT: Areas in dark blue show the impact of a 0.74m seal level rise, while areas in light blue show a 2m rise.

The threat of sea level rises to the North Coast escalates

17 mobile base stations still to come

The Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program rolling in new mobile base stations across the region to significantly improve mobile coverage for the communities.

Tenders will be offered to four new mobile base stations.

Local Partners

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life. When the lie found its way back to her boyfriend, there was hell to pay.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

Stars line up for writers festival

POPULAR: Byron Writers Festival 2016 recorded the biggest crowds in 20 years of the event.

John Safran, Deng Thiak Adut and Dava Sobel among others

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Nattali Rize at the top of the charts

ARTIST: Australian reggae artist Nattali Rize has Native American and Samoan roots and lives between Byron Bay, Cairns and Jamaica.

Her debut album hit the top at the Global Reggae Charts

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!