Angry drivers stranded on melting road face massive repair bills

Angry North Queensland drivers have been left with expensive repair bills after finding themselves in a sticky situation on a melting rural road.

Dozens of motorists have been left stranded on Wednesday night, unable to drive cars that are now coated in tar.

The tarmac on Millaa Millaa-Malanda Road in Tarzali was resurfaced last week, but became damaged due to wet weather.

As the sun shone on Wednesday, the surface began to melt.

Drivers were left stranded in Tarzali as their wheels became stuck in damaged bitumen. Source: 7News

“My car won’t move. The actual tyres won’t go round,” angry motorist  Chris Smethurst said.

Drivers slammed workers who failed to prevent the situation.

“Not at any stage did anyone stop the vehicles from coming through,” another driver pointed out.

Dozens of motorists were allowed to drive on the melting surface, much to the anger of vehicle owners. Source: 7 News
Motorists were told to tow their cars and file an insurance claim later. Source: 7 News

Eventually workers blocked off the road but it was all too late for the dozens of motorists left in a sticky mess.

“It’s just picked up all the road, there’s big actual chunks of road on my tyres,” Mr Smethurst added.

Five hours later those stuck were told to pay for their cars to be towed, find accommodation then put an insurance claim in.

Road workers had initially allowed drivers through before realising their error and blocking off the strip. Source: 7 News
Wheels were left caked in tarmac after it began to melt in the hot conditions. Source: 7 News

The Department of Transport and Main Roads said it is looking to rectify the issue as the road reopened at reduced speeds after emergency work late on Wednesday.

The road is an important thoroughfare and is the only road in and out of the Tablelands for B Doubles.

Truck driver Mal Nash said the livestock he was carrying would now have to be diverted.

“Sixty-six cows we’ve got. So I don’t know. We’ll probably have to ring up the owner and unload them somewhere,” he said.