Lucky escape for some in semi trailer crash


Eight residents of an Annerley boarding house amazingly escaped without injury after a semi trailer ploughed into the building just after midnight.

The crash happened on a notorious stretch of Ipswich Road where a number of serious accidents have occurred.

Megan Lincez reports.

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It is understood the south-bound semi-trailer clipped a power pole and the awning of a grocery store, before ploughing into the two-storey house.

The badly injured driver remained trapped in his cab while emergecy crews worked a plan to free him.

The delicate operation took four hours before the driver could be taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Sergent Shayne Treasure, Queensland Police: “The operation as I said earlier was extremely complex, took over a number of hours, it was a joint operation between all three emergency services and I’m proud to say it came to a successful conclusion.”

Today the driver was in a serious but stable condition, with fractures, burns and severe damage to his lower limbs.

While the house remains in an unstable condition, the irony is that the next door neighbours have constructed a steel barrier after their house was hit on this notoriously dangerous road.

James Ashurt, Neighbour: “I think about 12 years ago it got hit by a semi-trailor coming from that direction and knocked the whole house over, so that’s why the landlord put the steel up, but since I’ve been here in the past year we’ve had one car written off.”

The dangerous bend has been dubbed “truckies rollover”.

The outbound lanes of Ipswich Road remained closed causing long delays for peak hoour communters.

Engineers will determine what structual repair will be needed to make the damaged building safe.

Megan Lincez, QUT News.