The bridge may have sustained structural damage after the truck took out the left hand side of the bridge heading north.
The bridge may have sustained structural damage after the truck took out the left hand side of the bridge heading north.

Semi-trailer rollover sparks chaos

CHAOS reigned on the Bruce Highway yesterday after a semi-trailer rolled, blocking the highway in both directions.

Emergency Services attended the scene of the rollover which occurred on the Horrigan Creek Bridge at Raglan at 3.46am Thursday.

The semi is believed to have rolled on the bridge and was blocking north and south lanes of the highway, which remained closed for the rest of the day. Traffic was backed up for several kilometres in both directions for most of the day.

During the morning cars were escorted by police through a dirt road detour along Hourigan Creek Road. Trucks were unable to use the detour as there was a big dip in the road that the trucks could not maneuver. Semi-trailers were lined up along the side of the highway in both directions waiting for one lane to open to allow them through. By mid-afternoon police had opened up one lane for a short period to allow some of the backed up traffic through.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews assisted with the cleanup and scene safety. Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics treated the driver for a shoulder injury. An ambulance spokesperson said the driver was already out of the truck and walking when they arrived on the scene. He was transported to Gladstone Hospital in a stable condition.

Department of Transport inspected the bridge and found no structural damage but severe damage to the guardrails and bridge railing.

Temporary safety barriers have been installed. Motorists are advised there will be shorterm interruptions in the coming weeks to allow repairs to be completed. The highway re-opened at 4pm yesterday.



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