17 February 2016

THE DRIVER of the Caltex fuel tanker that crashed and rolled over at the Boyne Island turnoff yesterday was described as “not breathing” at the scene of the crash.

However, the man was transported to Gladstone Hospital with only minor injuries.

He left Gladstone Hospital and was transported by helicopter to Rockhampton in a stable condition this morning.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed CPR was performed on the 46-year-old driver at the crash scene by bystanders.

A spokesman for Caltex said the fuel tanker was en route to Boyne Island to deliver fuel when the tanker crashed, spilling fuel onto the road and into nearby drains which flowed through to a dry creek bed.

It is understood the truck was carrying just over 30,000 litres of fuel of which close to 10,000 litres was spilt.

This estimate was based on how much Caltex operators were able to transfer out of the remaining tanks, which was about 20,000 litres.

Although the spokesman for Caltex could not provide an exact figure for the cost of the clean-up, he said Caltex would foot the bill.

“It’s our responsibility,” he said.

At this stage the spokesman said its two main concerns were about the health of the driver, and the impact on the environment as a result of the spill.

Caltex will carry out an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

The Department of environment and Heritage Protection has been contacted for a response on the environmental impact of the fuel spill.

The fuel spill was cleaned up and access to Boyne Island was opened at 12.30am today.

Extracted in full from the Gladstone Observer.

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