Crashes all too common
RECENT Observer records contain numerous truck incidents involving lost loads, single-vehicle accidents and collisions - some fatal.
The latest incident and near-miss was on Wednesday night.
The brakes failed on an unoccupied parked truck and it careened down Far St, in West Gladstone, landing in a resident's front yard. Luckily it wasn't the Dawson Hwy intersection.
Gladstone officer superintendent Glenn Kachel said there was always room for improvement for heavy vehicle operators.
"The frequency of traffic incidents involving heavy vehicles of late in the Gladstone district is very concerning," he said.
"Whilst I acknowledge that incidents involving unforeseen mechanical failure incidents do occur and are difficult to prevent, it really reinforces that need for rigorous maintenance and inspection regimes by all heavy vehicle operators."
"A number of recent incidents involving heavy vehicles have involved driver error including fatigue, judgment, speed and related issues.
"The ultimate goal of the Queensland Police Service is to save lives and ensuring that all road users are able to safely undertake any journey and be able to complete that journey without incident is of paramount importance."
Recent truck incidents:
October 18 - A truck carrying gas cylinders rolled on Gladstone-Mt Larcom Rd
October 15 - Four semi-trailers crashed on the Bruce Hwy, south of Miriam Vale
September 28 - A petrol tanker lost its tank on the Bruce Hwy, north of Mount Larcom
August 21 - A truck lost its load of sealant on Red Rover Rd, Clinton about 2.30pm
August 20 - A truck carrying limestone rolled on the Bruce Hwy at Mount Larcom