A truck was damaged after squeezing under the Layard Street, train bridge.
A truck was damaged after squeezing under the Layard Street, train bridge. Sarah Harvey

Layard St claims another big rig

A TRUCKIE fled the scene after slamming into a guard rail and almost wiping out a railway line overpass today at Goodna's notorious Layard St.

The driver of the B-Double truck, believed to have moved here from New Zealand two weeks ago, smashed into a keep left sign before dumping the vehicle on Woogaroo St and fleeing.

Commuters were delayed for about half an hour after Translink suspended services on the Ipswich line so engineers could check the rail bridge for damage following the collision at 1.30pm.

Four tow trucks and one police car attended the scene.

Goodna Sergeant Peter Reilly said police knew who the driver was and were keen to talk to him.

"We know his identity but we don't know where he is," Sgt Reilly said.

"The company he works for are assisting us."

Division 3 Councillor Paul Tully called for Main Roads to install "dangles" - steel tubes that hang from the roof of an overpass to warn drivers of its 3.8mt height.

"It seems to happen every two weeks and I've previously called on Main Roads and the Department of Transport to install metal dangles to act as a warning," Cr Tully said.

"It was lucky only the truck got damaged, otherwise one day a truck will come through and rip the railway line apart.

"It was a fluke it didn't happen today."

The QT has reported four other truck incidents at Layard St since September last year.

The intersection is also where three Ipswich teenagers lost their lives in a crash with an alleged drunk driver in April.



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