Photo on Queensland road taken 'moments before catastrophe struck'

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A truck has been pictured driving through a North Queensland intersection moments before “catastrophe struck”.

The truck, carrying concrete barriers, was pictured driving around a corner in Townsville’s suburb of Garbutt in March 2019.

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads posted CCTV footage of the scene Wednesday asking people what they thought happened next.

“Moments after this image was taken, catastrophe struck,” it said.

A truck carrying concrete barriers drives through a Townsville intersection.
Catastrophe struck after this truck turned through a Townsville intersection. Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

A second photo shows the truck’s load wasn’t secured properly with a concrete pillar pictured lying on the road.

“You can see just how badly secured this load was,” the department said.

The department shared the images as a reminder for people to secure loads in vehicles.

You can face a $266 fine for driving with an unsecured load as an individual in Queensland. Companies face a $400 fine for the same offence.

A concrete barrier sits on the road after falling off a truck in Townsville.
The truck's load wasn't secured properly and fell onto the road. Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

‘Life threatening’: Calls for tougher penalties

Currently there is a petition, sponsored by member for Theodore Mark Boothman, calling for harsher penalties for people who drive with loads not secured properly.

“Regularly we see equipment and materials laying on or beside roadways due to unsecured or inappropriately secured loads,” the petition reads.

“This places other motorists at risk of vehicle damage and even life-threatening situations.

“Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to increase penalties to four demerit points and $1,000 fines for those in breach. This copies the recent increase in penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving as it also potentially places motorists in life-threatening situations.”

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