CRASH SCENE: Truck driver Arthur Jack Richardson (inset) was fined $1000 after he fell asleep at the wheel leading to this crash last month.
CRASH SCENE: Truck driver Arthur Jack Richardson (inset) was fined $1000 after he fell asleep at the wheel leading to this crash last month. Paul Braven GLATRUCK

Brief snooze topples topples truck on Tannum Sands Rd

HEADING along Tannum Sands Road with a load of food supplies, truck driver Arthur Jack Richardson fell asleep behind the wheel.

The brief snooze at 6am caused the Bundaberg driver to lose control of his rig - its left wheels leaving the bitumen before it crashed and overturned.

Richardson said the wheels "bit in" and the $63,000 truck owned by Rum City Foods was an insurance write-off.

Richardson, 42, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention at 6am on Tuesday, February 16.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the driver told police he fell asleep at the wheel and woke up with the left of the truck off the road.

Arthur Jack Richardson said he fell asleep at the wheel when he crashed.
Arthur Jack Richardson said he fell asleep at the wheel when he crashed.

When he tried to pull the truck onto the road and correct it the truck "bit in" and flipped over onto the driver's side.

Richardson was not injured.

Mr Reece said Richardson had been driving between Bundaberg and Boyne Island, the driver saying he had a 10 minute break about 40 minutes before the crash.

"He says the crash would have been avoided if he had not fallen asleep," Mr Reece said.

Richardson, who represented himself, was questioned by magistrate Penelope Hay about the damage and told her it was written off at $63,000.

Ms Hay asked him if he still worked for the same company.

"Yes I am," Richardson said. "I've changed positions now...I'm managing the work shed."

When Ms Hay asked about insurance, Richardson said he was sure the owners recovered their insurance.

He did not believe the insurance company would pursue him for costs.

Ms Hay said he made frank admissions and had a good traffic record with only four entries and no offences since 2008.

Ms Hay fined him $1000, saying this would ensure he understood its seriousness because such accidents put lives at risk.


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