TRUCKSTOP: The front yard of Sharon Macdonald’s neighbour served as a landing spot for a runaway truck on Wednesday night.
TRUCKSTOP: The front yard of Sharon Macdonald’s neighbour served as a landing spot for a runaway truck on Wednesday night. Emily Kemp GLATRUC

Runaway truck knocks down power lines

THERE wasn't much evidence left of Wednesday night's lucky escape after a runaway truck tore down Far St in West Gladstone, knocking out power to a section of town.

Darryl Thomson's house sits near the top of the steep road, where the truck had been parked opposite on Wednesday afternoon.

"The truck broke down about five o'clock," Mr Thomson said.

"Apparently he was parking there to stay at the motel.

"We went out for tea, got back here at nine o'clock/half past nine, heard the truck start up and thought, 'Oh, that's good, they've got it going'.

"Next thing you hear is this god almighty noise, and I actually thought he might have lost his load."

The truck hit power poles before it stopped in a resident's front yard, near the bottom of the street.

Sharon Macdonald's house is directly next to where the truck stopped, and was lucky to receive no damage.

"If he hadn't had hit the pole, I think it would have knocked out the end part of the house (where) my daughter was," she said.



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