Highway stretch site of accidents
AUTHORITIES are scratching their heads as to why two separate accidents - one of them involving a family of four beginning a year-long holiday - happened on the same stretch of highway within 12 hours.
Clifton Police were sleep deprived after the consecutive crashes at Missen Flat, about 15km north of Allora on the New England Hwy, which began on Sunday morning.
Acting Sergeant Greg Burton said he couldn't see any major problems with the road.
"We've had a few over the years, but I can't give any reason as to why," he said.
"It could be because it's a straight stretch and the drivers aren't concentrating, or just driver error."
The first accident happened at 1.20am on Sunday, when a B-double heading towards Warwick veered off the road.
Sgt Burton said the empty cattle truck left the road and when the driver tried to correct it, it left the highway on the other side and went through a culvert.
"He was fortunate to keep the vehicle upright," he said.
The 55-year-old Oakey man was transported by ambulance to Toowoomba Base Hospital.
Later that morning, at 10.55am, a family's vehicle towing a caravan flipped onto its roof.
Sgt Burton said it was a sad turn of events for the family, who had sold their home to fund the trip around Australia.
"They were leaving Toowoomba and got as far as Missen Flat, when the caravan started to sway," he said.
"The driver was unable to control it and the vehicle flipped on its roof."
A third accident involving a truck happened the following day along the Toowoomba-Karara Rd.
Sgt Burton said it appeared the vehicle lost control and flipped in the heavy rain about 6.15pm.
Investigations are continuing for all three incidents and no charges have been laid.