21 October 2011

B-double "ripped to pieces" at notorious Goodna underpass

PIC: B-double smashed to pieces at Goodna as driver flees the scene.

A driver of a B-double at Goodna has disappeared from the scene of an accident when his truck smashed under a notorious railway underpass this afternoon.

The Layard St underpass has claimed dozens of trucks in recent years attempting to cross from the Ipswich Motorway to the northern side of the railway line.

Today's accident saw the truck smash through an Armco barrier, rip the underside of the rail overpass and rip the top of the semi-trailer apart from the front to the back.

The driver, who is believed to have arrived from New Zealand only two weeks ago, disappeared from the scene of the accident and abandoned the vehicle in Woogaroo St.

Police and state transport officers are at the accident scene attempting to locate the driver.

Workers are attempting to repair the underpass.

Local Councillor Paul Tully has previously called for warning "dangles" to be erected to warn oncoming drivers of the 3.8 metre underpass ahead.

He said the driver faces charges of using an unapproved B-double route ignoring official traffic signs as well as fleeing the scene of an accident.

"The police should throw the book at him," Cr Tully said.

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