Interstate truck driver reported after brakes fail on SE Freeway, SA

Photo: SA Police

A truck driver has been reported following an incident on the South Eastern Freeway today, according to SA Police.

Just before 10.30am on Thursday 7 December, State Traffic Motorcycles were at the bottom of the Freeway at Glen Osmond as part of Operation Austrans.

At that time, police located a Kenworth B-double parked on the southern side of Cross Road with smoke coming from the brakes on the trailers.

The driver, a 27-year-old man from Western Australia had to negotiate an emergency left turn onto Cross Road after his brakes had failed and he was travelling too fast to turn right onto Portrush Road. Thankfully the truck was able to stop safely and without incident.

He was reported for fail to drive in low gear and fail to carry safety equipment and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

The B-double was taken to the Vehicle Inspection Station where it underwent an inspection and was defected for roadworthy brakes.

Operation Austrans is a cross-jurisdictional operation, focusing on the heavy vehicle road transport sector across Australia and New Zealand. The Operation targets heavy vehicle illegal activities such as drink and drug driving, speed, general traffic offences, fatigue, compliance and driver behaviour issues within the road transport industry.

image of b-double

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