A major traffic jam occurred on Monday when an over-height truck forced the closure of the Tugun bypass tunnel.
A major traffic jam occurred on Monday when an over-height truck forced the closure of the Tugun bypass tunnel. John Gass

Over-height truck causes jam

MOTORISTS travelling south on the Pacific Hwy encountered a major traffic jam at the Tugun bypass tunnel about 2.30pm on Monday and were forced to wait for two hours before the road was clear.

A Queensland Transport spokesperson said the cause of the jam was a truck driver who attempted to enter the tunnel in a truck which was too heavy, too wide and too high to fit.

South Tweed Towing driver Allen Budge said the driver's failed attempt triggered the tunnel's automatic gate system, stopping the truck about 50m from the tunnel's entrance and blocking all traffic.

The Queensland Transport spokeswoman said the southbound slow lane was closed following the incident and traffic was congested for about 5km.

Following Monday's incident, the truck driver was forced to pull to the side of the road and the truck was escorted through the tunnel at walking pace when it was deemed safe.

Mr Budge said the tunnel's height limit was 5.1m and any driver who failed to notice the signs could not have paid much attention



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