Pork belly truck crashes
THE weight of pork carcasses swaying in the belly of a rig, heavy fog and speed was the recipe for a roll-over, the Warwick Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
During the early hours of July 20, former Wickham Freight Lines truckie Nathan Philip Tucker was transporting pork from Kingaroy when he collided with a ute near the Clifton turn-off on the New England Highway.
The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after he was unable to stop the semi-trailer.
Instead the truck swerved, nicked the ute driven by an 85-year-old man, and then rolled.
“The speed limit was 100kph (along the stretch of New England Highway) in good conditions. There was heavy fog that day and (Tucker) told police he wasn’t paying attention and was travelling in excess of 100kph,” the police prosecutor said.
Tucker’s defence counsel told the court the weight of the hanging meat had contributed to the rig tipping, when his client swerved to avoid the elderly driver.
“The shifting weight of the hanging meat when he’s swerved contributed to the incident,” the defence said.
“From what we understand the 85-year-old driver was treated for shock.
“(Tucker) received a back injury and this was the first accident in his seven years driving (trucks).”
Magistrate Anne Thacker said Tucker failed to drive to the conditions.
“This was a test of your common sense and you failed,” Magistrate Thacker said.
“We have to share our roads ... with people of all ages and this is a very strong message to you and the community.”
Tucker, of Warwick, was fined $500, was disqualified from driving for one month and a conviction was recorded.