4.6m into 4m just doesn't go

A SIMPLE error of judgement resulted in a nearly four hour clean-up operation yesterday after a cattle truck overturned underneath a low-lying bridge in Grafton.

Surprised residents looked on as police, ambulance officers, fire-fighters and RTA representatives arrived at the scene just after 7.30am.

Police said it appeared the driver attempted to navigate the 4.6 metre high truck underneath a four metre viaduct.

While manure and dirt was spread across the road, no animals were on the truck at the time of the crash.

The truck driver, a 29-year-old man from Roma in Queensland, did not appear to be injured but paramedics took him to Grafton Base Hospital for observation.

He was discharged yesterday afternoon.

Grafton Fire Brigade captain Greg McLennan said it took about three and a half hours for the vehicle to be turned upright; the area cleaned up and rendered safe for the public.

“We stayed on site while the truck was upright in case of any sparks on the bitumen,” he said.

Fire-fighters also used a chemical absorbent to clean up diesel spills on the road.

An Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) representative was also at the crash scene yesterday, assessing possible damage to the viaduct.

Police said there did not appear to be any damage to the bridge, but an ARTC representative was unavailable to confirm this yesterday afternoon.

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