Heading off the Highway ...
SEVEN cars have been written-off ? twice.
The cars, deemed unroadworthy, were made even more so when a trailer on which they were being carried, crashed into a paddock near Ulmarra at 1.50am on Saturday.
The trailer and prime-mover, being driven south, left the Pacific Highway after a tyre burst.
The driver, from Queensland, escaped with minor injuries.
The semi left a 100-metre trail of fuel, oil and acid on the highway before crashing through a fence and into a gully in the paddock four kilometres north of Ulmarra.
The driver, 46, was taken to Grafton Base Hospital for x-rays. He remained under observation at the hospital for a time.
Police said the driver told them that he had heard a loud bang before the semi went out of control and crashed into a barbed-wire fence.
Grafton Fire Brigade captain Greg McLennan said a tyre had burst.
"The truck crashed into a barbed-wire fence. It went through about eight or nine big fence posts which took out one of the four diesel tanks. It swung back over to the other side and down into a gully," he said.
"When we approached the crash site, I thought 'here we go, another fatality', but there were positive things about the crash," Mr McLennan said.
He said it was fortunate no other vehicles were on the highway and remarkable that the driver had escaped.
It took five hours for the fire brigade to clean up the site. Most of the liquids were removed with an absorbent.