Truckie clings to road train after it plunges into river

A ROAD train carrying four trailers of copper concentrate has driven into the Malbon River about 56kms south of Cloncurry.

It is understood the truck had been heading south towards Phosphate Hill, when it veered off the road and into the river at Duck Creek about 4.50am.

The area has received significant rain in the past few days and the bridge may have had water across during the crash.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said there were currently no leaks in the tankers, although they were concerned about the fuel tanks rupturing when they eventually pull the truck out.

The spokeswoman said the driver was forced to cling to a tree for several hours before swift water rescue was able to pluck him from the river.

It is believed he only had minor injuries and was taken to Cloncurry Hospital.

The road is currently closed to all traffic.

More information to come.

Topics:  cloncurry road train

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