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More cattle killed in yet another road train rollover. This one in NT
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2013, 08:40:26 PM »
Cattle killed in NT road train rollover 

ABC Rural  By  Caddie Brain   

  Truck rollover on the Stuart Highway height=467 Photo: A road train's rear trailer has rolled near Alice Springs, killing a number of cattle.  (Caddie Brain)     

Police and emergency services attended the scene at the Adelaide turnoff on the Stuart Highway south of Alice Springs, to find the rear trailer of the truck had rolled over.

It's understood that the triple road train was heading south to Orange Creek Station, loaded with agistment cattle from Queensland.

Seventeen animals died in the accident, some of which were euthanised by a Department of Primary Industry veterinarian due to injuries.

Acting superintendant Travis Wurst from Northern Territory Police described the incident as a 'freak accident' and says no further investigations are being made.

"As the driver approached the intersection and commenced a right hand turn, the wheels on the rear trailer have mounted a centre island curb," he said.

"It appears as a result of coming in contact with the curb the trailer has destabilised, causing the cattle to shunt to the left. A gust of wind came through and unfortunately it rolled over. Crane clears road train trailer height=227 Photo: Police and cattlemen use motorbikes to muster cattle escaped from the road train trailer.  (Caddie Brain) 

"That caused a number of cattle to be ejected from the rear doors of the trailer.

"We're not suggesting there was any wrong-doing by the driver, he was not drunk he was sober.

"He did everything he could do at the time."

While the truck driver sustained no injuries, acting superintendant Travis Wurst confirms a female police officer was hurt while trying to muster the animals after the accident.

"Whilst she was assisting with trying to herd some of the cattle, unfortunately she got struck by a beast as it ran past," he said.

"She sustained a minor injury and was taken to hospital for assessment."

Executive director Luke Bowen from the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association happened to be at the scene. He said it was a tragic event.

"This is a circumstance that happens very rarely and is incredibly unfortunate," he said.

"Vets have supervised the euthanasia of a handful of cattle which couldn't be freed from the truck.

"Most of the cattle were able to get off the truck and those cattle will be gathered in due course and brought back under control."

Northern Territory Department of Transport data indicates there've been nine traffic injuries at the turnoff since 2000, one of which was fatal.

In a statement it says it is currently preparing plans to upgrade the intersection, to submit for funding approval.

The plans may give priority to traffic continuing along the Stuart Highway.