Enough to make you cry: truck drops load of onions on hwy
FOUR lanes of roadway full of onions.
That's what emergency services were met with arriving on the scene of a truck crash on the Pacific Hwy, just north of Coffs Harbour last night.
Some 40-tonnes of ordinary white onions and Spanish red onions brought north-bound lanes of the national highway to a standstill.
The incident happened around 10.30pm after a south-bound b-double driven by a Queensland man collided with a concrete median strip crash barrier, on the downhill run between Park Beach Plaza and the Big Banana.
"This caused the load of onions to shift and spill out onto the roadway," Coffs Clarence Duty Officer Inspector Tony Milner said.
"The driver a 55-year-old Queensland man was taken to the hospital after he sustained a rib injury.
"Mandatory blood tests were taken and police are investigating the full circumstances surrounding the accident and whether speeding, a load shifting or other causes were factors in the accident," Inspt. Milner said.
Traffic was diverted around the scene via a contraflow using the highway's Arthur St off-ramp.
From there a lengthy clean-up ensued involving a backhoe.
Even today there's still the odd onion dotting the highway section.