Cattle truck flips at Cooyar

The New England Highway at Cooyar may still be closed after a cattle truck rolled over north of the township this morning. Picture: FILE

A prime mover transporting cattle has rolled on its side north of Cooyar this morning, leaving the fate of its bovine occupants unknown.

A spokesperson for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said that two crews were tasked to the incident at 10:26am today, 6 June, arriving on scene at the intersection of Old Cooyar Yarraman Road and the New England Highway at approximately 11am.

First responders reported that a prime mover had rolled over and come to rest on the side of the highway, with firefighters moving to isolate the vehicle’s fuel and battery compartments in order to prevent further damage.

QFES workers also engaged cutting equipment to release the cattle trapped in the truck as a result of the crash – a task which a spokesperson described as “quite a process.”

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and took the driver and sole occupant of the truck into their care; Queensland Police Service officers began diverting traffic in the meantime.

A spokesperson for the Queensland Police Service said officers were initially diverting traffic via Palms Road in the township of Cooyar, but that they had since handed over traffic control to the Toowoomba Regional Council.

QPS could not confirm whether the New England Highway was still closed off to traffic at time of writing; motorists are advised to proceed with caution and expect delays.