News

Ute driver 'fell asleep' in Gladstone truck crash

UTE crash at road works on Gladstone - Mt Larcom Rd.
UTE crash at road works on Gladstone - Mt Larcom Rd. Campbell Gellie

FATIGUE was blamed when ute driver Andrew Hardiman fell asleep and slammed into the back of a truck stopped at roadworks.

The Mitsubishi truck driver told police he saw in his rear vision mirror the Toyota ute approaching and "braced himself" for a collision as it did not slow.

Hardiman, 30, from Gracemere, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention at 7.30am on Thursday, August 18.

Prosecutor Barry Stevens said there were reduce speed and road works warning signs before the red stop lights.

The Toyota HiLux driven by Hardiman struck the rear of the truck causing significant front end damage and the air bags to deploy.

Sergeant Stevens said the ute struck the side of the traffic lights and continued 30m into a grassy ditch.

Lawyer Bradley Krebs said Hardiman drove 1000km each week from his Gracemere home to work doing train locomotive maintenance.

"He recognises it was a build up of fatigue. He attends to repairs often in the middle of nowhere," Mr Krebs said.

"He was off work for six weeks as a result of the accident."

He said Hardiman was doing shift work for some days leading up to the crash.

Magistrate Melanie Ho fined Hardiman $1000.

Topics:  gladstone gladstonecourt gladstone magistrates court gladstone region roadworks crash


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sportsbet installs LNP as favourites at next election

SPEAKING OUT: Sean Choat agrees with Sportsbet on the LNP being favourite to form government at the next state election, but says the party must learn lessons from the past.

Choat agrees with bookies but insists lessons of past must be heeded

Ban devices in the bedroom: the plea to keep kids safe

Primary school age children can be easily targeted by online predators.

Primary school aged girls and boys being asked to send naked pics

Man, child seriously injured in Warrego Hwy crash

A person was taken to hospital via helicopter after a head on crash on the Warrego Hwy.

Multiple patients are being treated for injuries.

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!