MOLASSES SPILLAGE: A truck has rolled over 10km north of Roma.
MOLASSES SPILLAGE: A truck has rolled over 10km north of Roma. Ellen Ransley

Woman, 2 children 'lucky' to live after rollover

POLICE are urging motorists to drive to the conditions and avoid fatigue, after the second truck rollover within a week left a woman and two children injured.

The potentially fatal crash occurred about 9.50am on Wednesday, 10km north of Roma on the Carnarvon Highway.

A witness told The Western Star the truck, which was transporting molasses, had veered off the road, down a ditch, before it skidded across the road and flipped over, leaving the driver and passengers suspended upside down.

Roma police officer-in-charge Duane Frank said those involved were lucky their injuries had not been more severe.

"We attend some scenes where the impact looks minimal and people have died, whereas with this case the accident looked quite severe and they basically walked away without a scratch,” Snr Sgt Frank said.

The two children were assessed at the scene, with one reporting an arm injury, while the woman was treated for lower leg injuries and abdominal pain.

The road remained closed for two hours after the crash, before a tow truck was able to right the damaged vehicle and the spilled molasses were cleared.

"We are continuing our investigations and if anyone is found to be at fault there will be consequences enforced,” Snr Sgt Frank said.

"It's a timely reminder for motorists, whether they're driving a car or a heavy vehicle, to drive to the conditions and manage their own fatigue. Crashes happen when this isn't being managed.

"Especially in western Queensland, quite often people are driving long distances. You are responsible for knowing your symptoms and managing them.

"It's also a timely reminder that we have a zero-tolerance policy, especially at Easter time. Remember your Fatal Five and consider the consequences of your actions.”


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