A guardrail near the former Central Hotel building in Deniliquin was damaged after a road train ploughed into it on Tuesday.SHAUN CONNOR February 28, 2014 4:05am
The truck driver inspects the damage to the road train (background) after hitting the guardrail (foreground).
A road train ploughed into a guardrail near the former Central Hotel building on Tuesday afternoon, causing damage to its wheels and fuel tank and flattening part of the railing to the ground.
The south-bound truck, which was transporting grain to the Deniliquin Rice Mill, was exiting the National Bridge via the sweeping right-hand bend into Charlotte St when the driver lost control on the wet road.
‘‘We were very lucky the driver didn’t panic,’’ Works manager with Deni Works Jim Grant said.
‘‘He kept his head and kept his line. It could have been a lot worse.
‘‘He was carrying 80 tonne of grain which would have been a big mess.’’
Mr Grant said he believes a vehicle that had stopped to turn right from Charlotte St into Napier St had taken up too much road space, forcing the truck to go wide around the bend.
‘‘It’s a very tight corner for road trains and B-double trucks and a little bit of rain doesn’t help either,’’ Mr Grant said.
The crash damaged the truck’s wheels and rims and dented the fuel tank.
The damage to the guardrail is ‘‘substantial’’ and could cost up to $5000 to repair.
‘‘We have to take out each of the steel posts, which are connected to cement blocks,’’ Mr Grant said.
‘‘I’d estimate it to be about $4000 to $5000 worth of damage.’’
Mr Grant said there were permanent road signs warning drivers to slow down when entering the bridge from the north.
There have been several cases of trucks losing control on what has proved a troublesome turn.
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