SECURE YOUR LOAD: An aircraft engine has fallen off a trailer in Sydney's south, due to insufficient load restraints.
SECURE YOUR LOAD: An aircraft engine has fallen off a trailer in Sydney's south, due to insufficient load restraints. NSW Police Force, Facebook

Truck driver charged after aircraft engine fall

NSW Police are urging heavy vehicle operators to secure their loads correctly, after an aircraft engine fell off a trailer in Sydney's south yesterday.

About 9.30am yesterday emergency services were called to Forest Road, Arncliffe, following reports a truck had lost its load.

Police attended and discovered an aircraft engine had fallen from the side of a heavy-vehicle trailer and onto the road.

Joint Traffic Taskforce officers from NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and RMS Heavy Vehicle Inspectors commenced an investigation.

The driver of the truck, a 51-year-old man, was breath tested at the scene with a negative result.

The man will be issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for drive heavy vehicle not comply load constraint, and class one oversize permit offence.

Police will allege the driver used restraints for a 900kg load, when the engine weighed seven tonnes.

Forest Road was blocked for two hours while the machine was salvaged with the assistance of a passing crane.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, says the assistance of the crane helped to minimise traffic disruptions in the area.

"Operators travelling with oversize loads need to take appropriate precautions to ensure their own safety, and the safety of other motorists," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"Incident such as these can lead to serious crashes and it's lucky other motorists weren't injured or even killed."

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