By EMMA CORNFORD
SOUTH-bound traffic was at a standstill for up to five hours last night after a truck plunged into the Clarence River at Shark Creek.
The accident happened 500 metres north of Byrons Lane at around 6.30pm.
Police at the scene said it was unclear how the Volvo capover truck, which was carrying a load of urea fertiliser, ended up in the river.
Traffic was diverted through Woodford Island late last night, but the Pacific Highway was expected to be closed until around 11pm. An operation to salvage the truck from the river was expected to take place at around 6am today.
The 54-year-old male driver from Runaway Bay in Queensland was taken to Maclean District Hospital in a stable condi- tion, with minor injuries.