Call for wide loads review after crash
A ROAD safety lobby group has called for a review into wide loads on the state's highways, following a truck smash near Eton at the weekend.
The Peak Downs Hwy near Eton was blocked on Sunday after a cattle truck and a truck carrying a wide load clipped each other.
No one was injured in the smash but Mackay-based Road Accident Action Group (RAAG) road safety co-ordinator Graeme Ransley said there wasn't enough space or time for the wide load and cattle truck to pass each other.
"(The driver of the cattle truck) was still looking for a safe place to get off the road (when they hit)," Mr Ransley said.
"Just imagine if that had been full of animals… or it could have been the driver of the truck. It would have been horrendous."
He said the crash was similar to the smash in which a policeman was killed while escorting a wide load on his motorbike on the Bruce Hwy at Mount Larcom in 2010. His bike and another truck travelling in the opposite direction collided.
The State Coroner last week recommended several reforms after an inquest into this fatality and another that occurred six months later when a man was killed after his car and a wide load collided.
One of the State Coroner's recommendations was for a public awareness campaign. RAAG launched a television campaign this week.
Mr Ransley also said there should be a review into the whole movement of wide loads, especially since the amount of wide loads on roads is predicted to double in the next three years.
"There has got to be a serious review, it has got out of hand," he said.
Safety of other drivers isn't their only concern. Mr Ransley said wide loads "destroy" road signs on their journeys and damage to road shoulders were a problem. He called for similar rules to NSW, where wide loads are cut in half and transported in two.
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