Car was almost entirely flattened when shipping container fell off lorry
Accident took place in Quingdao in eastern China's Shandong province
Vehicle was so badly crushed that passengers had only 60cm of space
Despite the dramatic crash, both are expected to make a full recovery
Woman suffered cuts and bruises but was later treated for shock
Man in more serious condition but his injuries are also not life threatening
This is the incredible moment two people were pulled alive from a car that had been almost entirely flattened by a shipping container falling on top of it.
Firefighters arriving at the scene in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong province were convinced that nobody could have survived the shocking accident, which occurred when a lorry overturned and shed its load.
But they were amazed to discover that despite the vehicle being crushed into a barely recognisable shape, a woman could be heard calling for help from inside the twisted metal and giving the thumbs up through a tiny gap in the window to indicate both she and a male friend were somehow still alive.
Incredible: A woman in a car crushed flat when a shipping container fell on top of it gives the thumbs up through a crack in the bodywork to indicate she is somehow still alive
The accident happened on a road in the city of Qingdao when a large lorry carrying the container toppled over, shedding its load on to the car containing the two man and woman.
Emergency services were sure that nobody could have survived the crash and that it was simply going to be a grisly case of recovering crushed bodies from within the wreck.
But as they set about their task, they heard a woman calling for help from within the twisted metal.
A stunning rescue operation involving a 100 tonne crane then got underway, and it was discovered the couple had only 60cm of space remaining inside their crushed car.
Fire brigade spokesman Chi Tang said: 'We had a call about the accident to say that a lorry had fallen onto a car.'
'We didn't expect anybody to be alive but then we heard a woman's voice and realised that actually somebody had survived,' Mr Chi added.
'We had to bring in a 100 tonne crane to make sure we lifted the container off carefully and we found the car had been crushed so badly that was only 60cm of space left inside,' he went on to say.
Incredibly the woman was easily pulled out the wreckage with little more than cuts and bruises, although she was subsequently taken to hospital to be treated for shock.
The man travelling with her was in a more serious condition and needed to be cut free from the crushed vehicle, but he too is expected to make a full recovery.
The driver of the lorry was also hospitalised with minor injuries.
The lorry driver claimed that his vehicle shed its load after he swerved to avoid a third vehicle in front of him, which had slammed on its brakes.
The driver said he turned too sharply to the right, tipping the vehicle over and throwing the shipping container on to the unfortunate car as it tried to overtake on his left.
Fatal road accidents are a serious problem in China, where the highway network and number of new drivers are expanding rapidly while traffic laws and safety are widely flouted.
The Chinese ministry of transport says the number of road deaths in the country fell from 104,000 in 2003 to 60,000 in 2012 - or from about 300 fatalities a day to less than 200.
However, these figures are widely disputed, with many critics saying fatal accidents are around twice as high as official police statistics claim.
Drivers at alcohol delivery service BevChain could strike on Wednesday
The company are the largest distributor of alcoholic beverage in Australia
Employees are in talks with management about pay rises and safety
If the biggest alcohol distributor in Australia goes ahead with industrial action, half the bars, pubs, and clubs in New South Wales could be left with crowds of unhappy customers.
Truck drivers at delivery company BevChain are expected to vote on the action on Wednesday, after negotiations over a new industrial agreement were halted.
The drivers, who are members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), were in talks with management about pay increases and safety concerns, The Daily Telegraph report.
BevChain deliver half of the beer in NSW to licenced premises, and are a the largest alcohol distributor nationwide. They operate in five states from 14 distribution centres.
James Squire, Corona, Tooheys and James Boags are just some of the beers the company delivers, and they also have wine and spirit brands such as Brown Brothers and Bacardi under their belt.
A business partnership between Lion Nathan breweries and supply chain company Linfox, BevChain could take an indefinite strike or refuse to work overtime if their complaints are not met.
Employees are campaigning for an increase in their Super contributions and a 16 percent pay rise per year.
According to transport website Fully Loaded, earlier this month the Fair Work Commission approved an application for the drivers to hold a ballot to gauge the amount of support there was for industrial action.
'We’ve been in there trying to negotiate for a fair agreement that recognises our hard work and dedication, but it seems like the company doesn’t want to hear it,' Greg Leslie from the TWU’s negotiation team said.
The negotiations are said to have been running for as long as four months, and the company could be thrown into chaos if the drivers go ahead with a strike.
Source: Mail Online
VIDEO..A SUPERMARKET truck driver was thrown from his cabin and killed in a horrific crash involving three heavy vehicles in Western Sydney.
An Aldi Australia driver, believed to be aged 50, was heading south to Canberra on the Hume Highway at Ingleburn when he left the road about 9.40am yesterday.
He went barrelling across a grassed median strip, where his vehicle clipped one truck and collided head-on with another on the other side of the road.
The other driver involved in the crash / Picture Craig Greenhill
The truck hit the passenger side of a white prime mover and sent both vehicles into 180-degree spins. The Aldi truck then fell onto its side across the roadway and police said the driver was thrown from his cabin.
Paul Nemeth, from Bowral, was travelling a short distance behind the white prime mover when he saw the truck speeding toward him over the medium strip.
He watched the accident unfold and then he and other motorists rushed from their cars to check on the driver.
Police said a truck crashed into cars travelling in the opposite direction on the Hume Hwy near the Brooks Rd ramp at Ingleburn about 9.40am yesyerday / Picture: Craig Greenhill
A southbound truck hit a northbound truck then swung around / Picture: Craig Greenhill
“He had been thrown out when his truck came up onto the northbound lane,” Mr Nemeth, 66, said.
“Everybody jumped out and we walked over and saw him lying there,” he said.
“He didn’t have any blood coming out but his legs were crossed over.
“Instantly we knew he was dead so we covered him over with a cloth that was lying on the road. It covered most of his body.”
The other truck came to rest on the medium strip and the driver escaped without injury, despite his clothes being drenched in fuel.
Mr Nemeth said he and other motorists were lucky to have avoided being caught up in the accident.
It was the 38th truck-driver fatality on Australian roads this year.
Inspector Mark Crelley from NSW traffic and highway patrol said that officers were investigating what had caused the Aldi truck driver to cross onto the wrong side of the road.
An Aldi Australia spokeswoman said the company extended “its deepest sympathies to the families and people involved and will closely assist authorities with the investigation.”
Source: The Daily Telegraph
Trucking operators using fuel for off-road purposes can now claim a higher fuel tax credit rate, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has advised.
Following the repeal of the carbon tax, operators previously claiming 31.285 cents per litre for diesel used off-road can now claim 38.143 cents per litre. This translates to a fuel tax credit increase of 6.858 cents per litre for users of off-road vehicles.
Companies can claim the higher rate for any fuel purchases that have been made since 1 July 2014.
The credit rate for on-road fuel use remains unchanged, as the carbon tax was never imposed on heavy vehicle on-road fuel use.
According to the ATA, the price of refrigerants is also expected to decrease as a result of the carbon tax repeal.
Source: Prime Mover
Transport department says truck traffic levels in Melbourne’s inner west can’t continue.
Trucks use residential streets in Melbourne's inner west to travel to and from the Port of Melbourne.
Victoria’s transport agency has flagged changes to truck curfews in Melbourne’s inner west to address residential concerns about the number of heavy vehicles using local streets.
VicRoads CEO John Merritt used his appearance at yesterday’s Victorian Transport Association (VTA) industry luncheon to announce his intentions, along with urging the industry to show greater understanding toward residents affected by truck traffic.
Locals in the inner west have long campaigned for trucks to be stopped from using residential roads, such as Moore and Francis streets, to access the Port of Melbourne.
"We’ve got quite a few years to wait until the East West Link is completed but in the meantime let’s be absolutely clear, we cannot expect those residents in the inner west to put up with what they are putting up with now," Merritt says.
"We are going to have to make changes, particularly around night time curfew to release some of that stress."
Merritt says VicRoads, the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Health have attended several community sessions to hear residents’ concerns about truck traffic.
He says there needs to be "a bit of give and take" to address the issue and that includes all parties engaging with one another.
"What I will say to the industry and my own organisation is we need to understand engaging with people and taking them seriously is a given, you can’t just say we can’t fix it therefore we won’t talk," Merritt says.
"I’m not saying it’s easy, I don’t particularly enjoy it but it is the nature of the world in which we live in. The challenge we face is urban density we need to learn how to live together."
VTA CEO Neil Chambers says VicRoads has to also consider the needs of the transport and freight industry.
"VicRoads also has stakeholders called the industry and the appropriate access is not unrealistic access so we need to work together to improve how that works irrespective of which party is successful in the November [State] election," he says.
Meanwhile, Merritt says he intends on improving VicRoads’ operation of the network and improving relationships with industry.
"The most obvious ones are on-road construction work," Merritt says.
"To put it bluntly, it’s not good enough. I have written to all the major contractors making sure that our relationship with the industry is much more respectful, mature and sophisticated."
Merritt says making sure Victoria’s 23,000km road network is used as efficiently as possible is on his priority list.
"One of my first challenges in leading the organisation is to wind that up significantly," he says.
"We don’t sweat enough over how the asset gets sweated. We run 600 cameras in metro network and we have access to 200 on private roads. One of the big challenges facing the organisation is to run these roads hard."
Merritt joined VicRoads in April after replacing Gary Liddle, who was chosen to lead a new Victorian planning and transport department.
Australian Institute of Architects recognises two Geelong rest areas for their design and construction.
Two rest areas on Victoria’s Geelong Rind Road have been given the thumbs up by the Australian Institute of Architects.
Each area holds four truck holding bays, nine truck parking bays and 13 car parking bays including two disability parking spaces.
They were recognised at the 2014 Victorian Architecture Awards, winning the coveted Small Project Architecture Award.
Designed by BKK Architects and built by MMAP Constructions as part of the Waurn Ponds section of the Geelong Ring Road, the location was chosen to provide amenity to tourists heading to the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road as well as freight operators.
VicRoads Project Director Tony Hedley says building the site was challenging as it wasn’t serviced, which therefore required a sustainable solution.
"This entire rest area facility is off the grid," Hedley says.
"All power is generated from solar panels, providing lighting and power for pumps and generators. Automatic lighting is also activated by movement which helps reduce the amount of power needed.
"A series of underground concrete tanks store water collected from the roof to feed the toilet cisterns and hand basins."
An onsite septic treatment has also been used, which provides treated water for landscape irrigation.
"We’re incredibly proud of this functional, environmentally sustainable and visually appealing design," Hedley adds.
"VicRoads’ research shows that around 20 per cent of fatal road accidents in Victoria involve driver fatigue and is the single most significant cause of road crashes involving heavy vehicles.
"This section of the Geelong Ring Road carries about 9,000 vehicles per day, including over 1,300 heavy vehicles."
The West Australian
A wheelchair-bound truck driver has admitted causing the horrific crash that killed a Kalgoorlie father and son in February.
Kevin Paki, 54, and his 21-year-old son Brian were in their car at a railway crossing on Great Eastern Highway near Kellerberrin when a prime mover truck smashed into the back of the vehicle.
Witnesses described how the car burst into flames as it was pushed through boom barriers, across the level crossing and off the edge of the opposite side of the highway by the truck.
Both men, who were returning home after taking another son to Perth to start university, were trapped inside the burning vehicle and died at the scene.
In Perth Magistrate's Court yesterday, NSW man Jeffrey Moyle, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing death.
The court had been told that Moyle, who was wheelchair-bound before the crash, was on a long-haul drive for JDH Transport when he failed to stop his truck.
A sentencing date in Perth's District Court will be set during a hearing in September.
Source: The West Australian
Queensland-based family business, AMS Mining Transportation Services, has added three new Cat CT630LS prime movers to its fleet. The purchase comes as the company responds to growing demand from mining and drilling companies.
The new Cat CT630LS is the latest purchase now in operation for the family-owned Queensland based company.
“We’d bought a couple of new small trucks in the past but we wanted our first new prime mover to be something special, particularly because I’d be the one driving it,” said AMS Company Principal, Ashley Dann.
“There’s a lot to like about this truck, especially for our type of work where no two days are the same and we’re always changing from one trailer to another."
Operating out of Moranbah, in the heart of Queensland’s coal-rich Bowen Basin, the new prime movers will transport a wide variety of loads via bitumen roads, mine access routes and rough bush tracks.
Source: Prime Mover
THE case of a Wagga truck driver charged over the deaths of two people in a fiery crash was mentioned in a Sydney court on Thursday.
Shane Day, 47, was charged with multiple offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death, after the fuel tanker he was driving crashed in Mona Vale last October and exploded.
A driver and a passenger from another vehicle were killed in the huge explosion.
Police charged Day in March and he made an initial court appearance on May 28 at which time the case was adjourned to this week.
The magistrate on Thursday adjourned Day's case to the September 18 sittings of Downing Centre Local Court.
Source: The Daily Advertiser
A truckdriver has a lucky escape after driving his vehicle off a bridge near Bunbury. Picture: Twitter/Estelle Lewis/Nine News
A TRUCK driver had a lucky escape this morning when he drove his B-double half-off a bridge in Bunbury, leaving the cabin hanging several metres off the ground.
The truck was reported hanging from the bridge on Estuary Drive about 7.45am.
A spokeswoman from the Fire and Emergency Services said firefighters were able to rescue the driver after one of the trailers was removed.
A tow-truck was called to help move the vehicle, which has now been removed.
Department of Environment and Conservation staff have worked to contain a fuel spilled from the truck, which reportedly dripped into the river below.
Source: perth now
Contract logistics provider, DHL Supply Chain, has opened a new 32,000 square metre facility in Horsley Park west of Sydney.
According to DHL, the custom-built facility represents a $35 million investment and marks the fourth addition to the company’s industrial ‘Campus’ – an exclusively leased industrial park which spans some 18 hectares.
Now worth a total of $120 million, the DHL Campus employs more than 500 people and offers 90,000 square metres of warehousing space.
“Campus is home to many of our consumer, retail, technology and healthcare customers and features some of our most innovative customer solutions and environmentally sound outputs,” said Terry Ryan, CEO, DHL Supply Chain South Pacific.
“We will continue to invest ahead of the curve to ensure we can accommodate the requirements of our future and existing customers. Annually we have taken upwards of 30,000 square metres of industrial real estate since 2009 and will continue expansion to support Australian market growth. Today, in Australia, we manage over 500,000 square metres of warehousing.”
The new facility will welcome three key retail customers, and will be fitted out with a fully automated retail solution in April of 2015. It will offer new employment opportunities for up to 200 people.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion Euro in 2013 alone.
Source: Trailer Magazine
Political squabbling hits SA tolls issue
Libs back charge on trucks but Government won’t discuss them at all, despite industry position
Vickie Chapman: open to charging trucks
The South Australian transport and logistics industry may want a mature debate on tolls to pay for road infrastructure but the issue remains a political football.
The South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) and the SA Road Transport Association (SARTA) have been vocal recently and longer term on the need for considered debate, especially given the SA Government’s lack of funds.
They were supported publically in this last week by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
But the State’s political classes either want tolls only paid by industry, the Liberal Opposition’s stance, or no tolls at all, the Government’s position, particularly in relation to the North-South Corridor.
In the political sphere, discussion is marked by squabbling rather than debate, with Opposition transport spokeswoman Vickie Chapman saying changed Federal circumstances mean the State will miss out on cash if alternative financing options are not found, while State transport minister Stephen Mullighan has accused the Opposition of back-flipping.
"Introducing a toll for trucks is the first step towards charging everyday motorists to use Adelaide’s roads," Mullighan quoted Chapman as saying before the election.
"When it comes to road infrastructure that means user pays, and user pays means tolls."
He reiterated his government’s populist stance, saying: "Interstate experience shows not only are tolls loathed by motorists, they often simply don’t work."
In his speech to the South Australian Major Projects Conference, ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff urged the State Government to rethink.
"ALC would support tolling to support the development of major infrastructure projects, such as the Northern Connector, but only if it delivers an increase in efficiency and reliability of the delivery of freight," Kilgariff says.
Royal Commission evidence basis of objection to decision to allow collective bargaining for Queensland couriers
Toll is in the ICA's sights over union links
Reaction to Toll’s admitted collusion with the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) looks to have moved from Royal Commission evidence and media comment to an objection before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The Independent Contractors Australia (ICA) has taken July 3 evidence to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption from Toll’s senior legal counsel, workplace relations and safety, Damian Sloan, as the basis of a push to scupper the granting of ACCC authorisation to the TWU to engage in collective bargaining for its Queensland owner-driver couriers.
The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation.
An ACCC spokeswoman refused to say if it has received the objection, noting its call for comment had only just been made and any submission must be scrutinised before being placed on its website.
Led by ICA executive director Ken Phillips, the submission claims: "Toll and the TWU have been involved in collusive behaviour for the purposes of harassing Toll’s competitors and as such both Toll and the TWU have jointly been engaged in anti-competitive behaviour to the detriment of the public good".
On this basis, "both the TWU and the Toll are not fit and proper" organisations to be granted authorisation to engage in collective bargaining, the objection states.
The ICA calls on ACCC to undertake a broad investigation into the dealings between the company and the union, "with a view to possible prosecution".
"ICA submits that the evidence shows that Toll and the TWU have used the cover of industrial relations law and arrangements to engage in anti-competitive conduct," the submission states.
"If the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chooses not to investigate and prosecute, the ACCC should, at minimum, deny the TWU rights to engage in collective bargaining under competition law.
"Based on the evidence, ICA submits that the TWU and Toll have demonstrated that they do engage in anti-competitive behaviour in relation to employees (under industrial relations laws). On this basis it should be expected that the TWU and Toll will engage in anti-competitive behaviour if granted collective bargaining rights under competition law. The risk is too great for the ACCC to take.
"ICA believes that the ACCC should not only refuse this application by the TWU but should initiate a broad inquiry into the practices of the TWU across the entire transport sector, investigating:
- the TWU’s relationship with transport companies,
- which companies, if any, have ‘Toll-like’ agreements or relationships with the TWU,
- the extent of anti-competitive conduct undertaken with, through and by the TWU,
- whether prosecutions should be initiated against the TWU, Toll, other transport firms and including prosecution against individual TWU officials and executives of Toll and other transport firms.
- and report on whether existing competition and other laws need to be strengthened/amended to prevent such anti-competitive behaviour."
Toll says it is formulating a response on the reaction to evidence at the Royal Commission.
A truck rollover at Murrumba Downs spilled wood chips on the Bruce Highway and delayed traffic during the afternoon rush. Photo: Seven News
A truck rollover on the Bruce Highway closed southbound lanes and caused delays into the afternoon peak on Wednesday afternoon.
A semi-trailer tipped over at Murrumba Downs, north of Brisbane, spilling wood chips on the road.
Four other cars were also involved in the crash, with two people taken to hospital with chest pains.
A truck crash has spilled woodchips on the Bruce Highway. Photo: Nine News
At 2.30pm, southbound delays on the highway stretched back to Deception Bay.
Northbound traffic was banked up to Bald Hills on Gympie Arterial Road, while heavy traffic had built to Deagon Deviation on the Gateway Motorway.
Australian Traffic Network reporter Adam Smith said delays were likely to get worse during Wednesday night’s peak hour.
He said people travelling north on Gympie Arterial Road should head via Gympie Road to Strathpine, Petrie and Kallangur before trying to get onto the Bruce Highway.
Mr Smith recommended drivers on the Gateway Motorway to take the Deagon Deviation to the Redcliffe area before returning back to the highway.
Source: Brisbane Times
Caltex Australia has commenced on-site diesel supply to Roy Hill in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as part of a two-year, $200 million contract with the emerging iron ore miner.
According to Caltex’s National Manager Business to Business Sales, Phil Amos, a safe and reliable supply of diesel was essential as Roy Hill, Australia’s biggest mining construction project, ramped up operations ahead of the first export shipment of ore targeted for 2015.
“Caltex is supplying about 120 million litres of diesel to Roy Hill over the course of the contract to meet all the mine’s fuel needs during this important start-up phase and as production is expanded,” he said.
“We recently commissioned on-site fuel storage infrastructure at Roy Hill as part of our commitment to manage all of the mine’s diesel requirements.
“Deploying a fleet of four dedicated road trains, we will transport diesel about 400 kilometres by road from Caltex’s 40 million litre storage terminal at Port Hedland to facilities at the Roy Hill mine.”
The diesel will be used to fuel on-site equipment, including mining trucks, and for some power generation. From 2015, Caltex will also supply fuel to the diesel-powered locomotives that will carry the iron ore to Port Hedland for export.
Source: Prime Mover