Cattle die in roll-over on Wide Bay Hwy

AROUND 10 cattle died after a truck rolled on the Wide Bay Hwy at Sexton, just west of Widgee Creek yesterday afternoon.

The driver of the double-deck, B-double Kenworth "Running on Empty" had a lucky escape when he walked away from the crash, which occurred around 3pm.

Paramedics transported him to Gympie Hospital.

The cattle truck was heading towards Gympie, and was believed to be coming from a Theebine cattle property.

The truck was one of several thought to be heading from the property to Gympie's Nolan Meats.

Police directed traffic around the crash scene from both directions for more than an hour as the clean-up got under way.

Fire and rescue workers used power saws to cut through sections of the trailer to access the cattle remaining inside.

It's believed about 50 cattle were in the trailer, half of which remained inside after the crash before being removed, both alive and dead.

RIGHT: The scene of the truck roll-over on the Wide Bay Hwy yesterday afternoon.
RIGHT: The scene of the truck roll-over on the Wide Bay Hwy yesterday afternoon.

Paramedics remained on stand-by as the operation was carried out.

The remaining live beasts were freed from the trailers by about 4.10pm and herded through a gate and into a nearby paddock.

At least five cattle had to be euthanised at the scene.

Claytons Towing righted the truck, which lay in the culvert at the side of the road shortly after 6pm and towed it from the site.

Police are yet to confirm the cause of the crash.