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Highway blocked

Thursday, 10th July, 2008

The Barrier Highway was blocked for most of yesterday by a semitrailer which hit a bridge and rolled over near Olary in the early hours of the morning. The B-double truck was carrying 880 sheep and one of its trailers fell right across the road. 

About half of the sheep and lambs on board were killed or had to be destroyed after the accident which happened about 1.15am, according to South Australian police.

About half of the sheep and lambs on board were killed or had to be destroyed after the accident which happened about 1.15am, according to South Australian police. The bridge over the creek, about one kilometre east of the town, was badly damaged and trucks and some other vehicles were banked up for hours in both directions, said Senior Sergeant Gerry Nicholson, the Operations Manager of the North-East Socal Service Area.

The driver of the Bdouble truck and a passenger suffered minor injuries that did not need hospital treatment, said Sgt Nicholson. He said a grader cleared a road to allow cars through but trucks and other heavy vehicles could not pass because they would have become bogged in the creek.

The road was still closed to them at 3pm. Sgt Nicholson said the carcasses of the sheep were buried using front end loader and that another truck came and collected the survivors.

The cause of the accident was being investigated, he said. The Broken Hill State Emergency Service arrived at the scene soon after the accident happened and set up lights to alert motorists. Local SES controller, Marc Coulter, said they stayed there until about 9am when they were relieved by in SES crew from Orrorroo.

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