Kin Kin crash ‘a warning’
OPPONENTS of a Kin Kin quarry say a crash last week is evidence that large trucks on local roads is a dangerous mix.
Residents opposed to the quarry have long maintained local roads cannot cope with the heavy trucks associated with the quarry.
The danger they believed the quarry trucks posed to other road users was one of the key grounds on which they based their fight.
In last week's accident a trailer detached from a truck and flipped on the Pomona-Kin Kin Rd.
The driver did not appear to have been injured and a passer-by said there was no sign of any other vehicle having been involved in the crash.
Resident Anita Poteri said the truck involved was not from the quarry but was similar to those used there.
Ms Poteri said the crash lent weight to residents' fears about crashes involving quarry trucks on the local roads.
"It proves our point," she said.
"That was one of the points we were fighting on."
Ms Poteri said the quarry was not operating at full capacity and only a relatively small number of trucks were on the road.
Ms Poteri said Main Roads spent $1.6 million widening a section of the Pomona-Kin Kin Rd after a previous incident in which a truck's wheels went over the edge.
But road improvements meant more damage to roads, she said.
"The trucks that are used to fix the roads cause more potholes," she said.
"Just stop the trucks from going on the roads and we'll all be happy."
The Gympie Times was not able to ascertain the cause of Wednesday's crash.