Driver error the cause of Lachlan Valley Way closure

Council staff begin the recovery of the rolled truck between Cowra and Boorowa on the Lachlan Valley Way on Thursday.
Council staff begin the recovery of the rolled truck between Cowra and Boorowa on the Lachlan Valley Way on Thursday.

Motorists travelling from Cowra to Boorowa on Thursday afternoon had a further 40 minutes added to their trip while a rolled truck carrying wheat flour was recovered from a culvert on the Lachlan Valley Way. 

The truck rolled about 12.45pm on Wednesday afternoon, however extra machinery was required to help clear the heavy vehicle about 40kms from Cowra, two kilometers south of the Kenyu Road turnoff.

The uninjured driver, a 33-year-old male from Craigieburn, Victoria, has been issued with an infringement notice for negligent driving, Young Police boss, Inspector Scott Wilkinson said.

“Driver error was issue,” Inspector Wilkinson said.

“There was no issue with the heavy vehicle. It was examined by Young RMS [Roads and Maritime Services].

“There was an issue with recovering the vehicle due to its weight and size. Additional machinery was called in.”

On Friday, the Lachlan Valley Way between Cowra and Boorowa was closed for two-and-a-half hours from about 12.20pm to 2.50pm while Hilltops Council staff cleared the truck from side of the road. Motorists from Cowra were diverted at Legh Street and were forced to detour via Young along the Olympic Highway.

Similarly, motorists travelling north from Boorowa were diverted at the intersection of Murringo Road and the Lachlan Valley Way.

That then linked with the Olympic Highway to Cowra.

“This will add around 40 minutes extra travel time to your trip and is suitable for all vehicles,” Hilltops Council said in a statement on Thursday morning.

Police, the Rural Fire Service and council staff attended the scene at the time of the accident. 

The truck was northbound when it left the road.

Traffic control was put in place while council staff worked to clear the road, however the recovery was postponed and recommenced about 12pm on Friday.

“The northbound lane is partially blocked, with traffic control currently in place,” an initial statement from Hilltops Council said.

The driver was able to get free from the truck himself and call police.

Paramedics weren’t required to attend, Inspector Wilkinson said.

UPDATE 2.50pm

This is the latest from Hilltops Council:

The Lachlan Valley Way between Cowra and Boorowa has been re-open. Please take note of any temporary speed zones that remain in place.

UPDATE 12.30pm, February 15

This is the latest from Live Traffic:

“If you're travelling north, you'll be diverted onto Murringo Road from Boorowa to Murringo and Young, then the Olympic Highway to Cowra. The southbound diversion is the same in reverse.

“This will add around 40 minutes extra travel time to your trip and is suitable for all vehicles.”

UPDATE 10.30am, February 15

This is the latest from Hilltops Council:

“An important message for those planning on travelling between Boorowa and Cowra on the Lachlan Valley Way [LVW] today.

“The recovery of the truck and trailer that rolled over near Breakfast Creek yesterday continues today.

“In order to safely remove the truck, the road will be under stop and go traffic control from 11am onwards.

“At approximately midday today the road will be closed (at the intersection of the Murringo Road and the LVW at Boorowa, and at Legh St in Cowra).

Diversions will be in place and traffic will have to detour via Young along the Murringo Road and Olympic Highway.

This closure will be in place for approximately two hours.

UPDATE 4PM, February 14

This is the latest from Hilltops Council:

“If you or someone you know is travelling between Boorowa and Cowra on the Lachlan Valley Way this afternoon, be advised there's been a truck accident, approx. 40kms north of Boorowa.

“The north-bound lane is partially blocked, with traffic control currently in place.

“In order to clear the road, that section will be temporarily blocked (both lanes) for a period of time shortly after 4:30pm.

“Traffic control will be in place, so please add extra travel time to your journey this evening.

“To stay up to date, head to: https://www.livetraffic.com”

1PM, February 14

Emergency services are on the scene of a truck that has turned over near Godfrey’s Creek, approximately 40kms north of Boorowa. 

According to the Rural Fire Service, the truck is located near Breakfast Creek, just south of the Kenyu Road turnoff on the Boorowa Road. 

Traffic is reportedly being directed and motorists are advised to take caution. 

More to come.