Trucks were delayed on the Pacific Highway queuing at the scenes of three semi-trailer accidents.
Trucks were delayed on the Pacific Highway queuing at the scenes of three semi-trailer accidents. Bruce Thomas

Late freight thanks to highway wait

A DAY of havoc on the Pacific Highway and further frustration for transport companies saw truck drivers arrive up to five hours late at freight depots.

Three truck accidents at Kempsey, Urunga and Chatsworth Island, north of Harwood, reduced the highway haul to a snail’s pace, just days after coastal floodwaters hampered the trucking industry.

The Kempsey accident, where a semi-trailer overturned 5km south of the town shortly before 5am, caused significant delays and 10km traffic queues.

The RTA closed the highway at 10.30am but an attempt to right the B-double failed.

A single north-bound lane was reopened to alternating traffic and the roadway was eventually cleared yesterday afternoon.

Coffs Harbour’s Lindsays Transport said it took drivers an hour and a half to pass the scene of the accident.

“With the floodwaters earlier in the week and now these accidents, drivers have just had to park and put their feet up,” operations manager Peter Kelsall said.

“In some instances we’ve had to change drivers midway through trips because they are using up their log book hours waiting at the accident scenes.

“We have also had to ring customers and freight depots informing them trucks might be arriving up to four or five hours late,” he said.


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