The towing company which attended the scene of yesterday’s caravan rollover on the Bruce Highway says the accident may have been caused by a blown tyre.
The single occupant of the 4WD towing a caravan, a man in his 50s, escaped without serious injuries from the incident, which happened near Federal south of Gympie.
On its website, Sunshine Coast based Clayton’s Towing said the driver had suffered a blown rear tyre on his 4WD.
“Recovered the vehicle and caravan chassis with the rest of the belongings being hand loaded into a container,” the Facebook post stated. “Never easy as in this case when this is his home, and we will be assisting any way we can through the process.”
While the full details behind this latest incident are not known, grey nomads are regularly urged to make tyre safety checks an important part of their overall vehicle maintenance strategy.
Steven Burke, the Technical Manager at Toyo Tires Australia, said tyre failures could be caused by a number of factors, including underinflated or overloaded tyres.
He said they were a scary thing to experience, and could have serious consequences.
“Such failures often occur when a vehicle, caravan or motorhome hits the highway fully loaded for the next adventure, bringing plans to a halt and placing the vehicle’s occupants – along with other road users – in potential danger,” he said.