The truck rollover on Rushforth Rd, South Grafton.
The truck rollover on Rushforth Rd, South Grafton. David Bancroft

Roo causes truck crash

THE driver of a dual-cab truck is recovering in hospital after his vehicle collided with a kangaroo on Rushforth Rd shortly after 7.30am yesterday morning.

The truck, a registered vehicle with Clarence Valley Council (CVC) overturned during the impact, spilling a large amount of oil and fuel onto the road and blocking traffic in both directions.

Deputy captain of the South Grafton Fire Brigade Paul Danvers, who attended the scene, said a cylinder of chlorine located in the back of the truck was lucky not to rupture as a result of the collision.

"It could definitely have made the accident a lot worse," he said.

"We arrived on the scene just before 8am and quickly neutralised the spill on the roadway to minimise further danger.

"It was a pretty big kangaroo he (the driver) hit and it's a reminder for all drivers to watch for wildlife when driving on the roads.

"There are a lot of them about."

The driver, a council employee, managed to free himself from the wreckage.

He was treated by two paramedics at the scene before being transported by ambulance to Grafton Base Hospital suffering a shoulder injury.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

The injured kangaroo was euthanased by police at the scene.

All drivers are advised to watch for kangaroos on the roads when driving at dusk and early in the morning.

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