OUT OF THE DRINK:The truck which crashed into the Clarence River on Tuesday night was salvaged yesterday, with motorists experi
OUT OF THE DRINK:The truck which crashed into the Clarence River on Tuesday night was salvaged yesterday, with motorists experi

Highway cut as truck pulled from Clarence

By EMMA CORNFORD

THE PACIFIC Highway was closed for six-and-a-half hours yesterday morning while a truck which crashed into the Clarence River on Tuesday night was salvaged.

Traffic was diverted along the Summerland Way from Ballina and Grafton, or through Brushgrove, as the truck was hauled from the river.

Two trucks diverted inland collided with viaducts in Grafton yesterday.

The recovery operation took around five hours and the highway reopened at 3.30pm.

A police spokesman said the truck was travelling southbound on the highway when the accident happened.

"It was towing a trailer and it appears the truck hit some oil or grease on the road, which then caused the trailer to tip," he said.

"The truck then went onto the left hand side of the highway and the driver tried to correct the vehicle but the truck was sent across the road and through the ... safety fences where it went into the river."



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