Ignoring signs leads to stuck truck and hefty fines
15 July 2019
Roads and Maritime Services is reminding truck drivers about the importance of obeying road signs after a B Double driver got stuck on Broughton Pass at Wilton.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the truck driver ignored multiple signs about weight and size limits for heavy vehicles on Wilton Road before crashing the Victorian registered B Double he was driving into safety barriers and becoming stuck on a bridge over Cataract River.
"As a result of the crash the guard rail on the bridge was severely damaged. While the driver was trying to free the truck it became stuck with the B trailer hanging over the edge of the roadway," the spokesperson said.
A local heavy vehicle tow truck was able to slide the rear B trailer sideways off the guard rail, making the truck safe.
Roads and Maritime heavy vehicle inspectors issued the driver with infringements for disobeying No Truck signs, driving off route, a critical breach of working hours and a defect notice for the trailers damaged in the crash.
Wilton Road was closed in both directions for several hours while the truck was released.
The driver told inspectors he had travelled from Banksmeadow before getting lost after missing the turn to the M5 motorway and travelled towards Wollongong in an attempt to get back to the Hume Highway.
Despite seeing warning signs along Wilton Road he claimed he was unable to turn the truck around and continued to enter Broughton Pass.
"The driver's disregard for multiple warning signs led to significant cost, time and inconvenience to NSW Police, emergency services and the wider community with the extensive damage caused to the safety guard rails, requiring Broughton Pass to be closed for three days while repairs were carried out.
"There is no excuse for heavy vehicles to be in areas where the roads are not suitable for their size and mass.
"It is completely unacceptable that one truck driver disobeying multiple warning signs should cause significant disruption to other road users. The signs are there for a reason," the spokesperson said.