IF YOU couldn't get hold of party ice in Grafton yesterday the chances are it was in the back of a truck that overturned near Coutts Crossing.

A truck, delivering Bells Pure Ice to a number of outlets in Grafton, crashed about 3km north of Coutts Crossing about 11.45am.

The driver of the vehicle, who was unhurt, said he had slowed to negotiate the bridges near Coutts when the vehicle clipped the guard rail.

He said the front left tyre mounted the rail and the truck careered down about 40m.

"It was like a railway line," he said. "But the angle of the tyre meant the rail was getting more under the truck."

When he tried to correct the steering the truck rolled back off the rail across both lanes of the road.

The chassis of the truck was severely damaged and the diesel fuel tank ruptured, spilling its contents onto the road.

Grafton Fire Brigade and Clarence Valley Council workers combined to cover the spill and keep it from a nearby waterway.

Fire brigade captain Garry Reardon said diesel was a hazardous chemical which posed a threat to vehicles if it got onto their tyres.

Police at the scene would not say if any charges would be laid against the driver of the truck.

Traffic in both directions was blocked well into the afternoon as workers cleared the truck and diesel and removed between 40m and 50m of damaged guard rail.



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