On the worst road in Oz, the year begins with a truck crash
THE new year had barely begun before another horror crash on the Mt Lindesay Rd, otherwise known as "the worst road in Australia".
Around 6.45pm on New Year's Day a semi-trailer carrying a load of 1500 chickens heading for Toowoomba rolled on a right-hand bend five kilometres from Legume.
The 43-year-old driver and his 10-year-old nephew managed to escape the wrecked cabin, with the young boy only suffering minor cuts and did not require transport to hospital.
Not so lucky were around 400 chickens, some of which died on impact and others were later destroyed, after clean-up efforts by Tenterfield Shire Council employees.
Senior Constable David Corcoran of the Urbenville Police was on scene after calls to 000 from passers-by.
He said while the accident was still under investigation it was the second rollover at the same bend in as many months.
"The last accident involved a station wagon whose driver failed to negotiate the bend," he told the Daily News.
"Obviously improvements to any road will have an effect on vehicle handling, but it's also extremely important to drive to the conditions."
Sen Const Corcoran said the road was shut for an hour while the immediate accident scene was cleared and traffic was then allowed to proceed slowly.
He said ambulance crews from both sides of the border attended, along with a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service unit.
Injured chickens were taken to Toowoomba for humane destruction.
Members of the Downs To River Action Committee, which has been lobbying for years over the Mt Lindesay Rd from Woodenbong to Legume, have vowed to send a high level political delegation to Canberra to meet with Nationals Deputy Leader and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce early this year about a commitment to improve the road.