Sinkhole causes popcorn trailer to flip and spill

A truck loaded with popcorn rolled after sinking in soft bitumen.
A truck loaded with popcorn rolled after sinking in soft bitumen. Lauren Gallagher

AN EMERALD Haulage truck driver has only just returned to the road after an accident led to him losing an eight-tonne load of popcorn on Nicholson St.

The man was travelling to Kingaroy when he pulled up in front of the Dalby Showgrounds to break up his load.

Dampened bitumen and a bit of bad luck led to the truck sinking into the road and tipping over, leaving behind significant damage and a footpath covered in popcorn.

The driver was shaken up and not prepared to talk after the incident.

His friend and fellow truck driver, Andrew Wright, said although the incident was a "one-off", it would not have happened if there was a sufficient number of safe break-up areas in Dalby.

"The showground is a known spot to break up if it is full in front of the high school," he said.

"The roads aren't designed to have things hooked onto them."

Mr Wright said the number of trucks that were forced to park on Nicholson St had become a "huge inconvenience" for the Dalby and District Show Society.

Show society president Frank Chiverton said he had no issue with trucks parking in front of the showgrounds but, as a truck driver himself, saw the need for more break-up area options.

He assisted the driver both on Friday when the incident occurred and again on Saturday to help with the clean-up.

"The reason a lot of them stop here is because there is nowhere else to go," he said.

"They need an area where they can break trucks down around the town, because that's a problem.

"It'd be great if they had a safer area to break up their road trains."

Mr Chiverton said he had worked co-operatively with truck drivers when the showgrounds needed extra space for parking.

The Dalby Herald contacted Western Downs Regional Council for comment on break-up area availability but they did not respond by deadline.



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