18 July 2023

Road closed near War Memorial after concrete truck overturned

| Claire Sams
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The incident happened near the Australian War Memorial. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

Part of Fairbairn Avenue remains closed after a concrete truck overturned while going around a bend, spilling its contents near the Australian War Memorial.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said eastbound lanes on Fairbairn Avenue remain closed near the site of the incident.

“Shortly after 9 am today (Tuesday, 18 July 2023), a cement truck failed to negotiate the roundabout on Fairbairn Avenue at the Treloar Crescent intersection, and rolled onto its side,” the spokesperson said.

“As a result, a considerable amount of cement was spilled onto the roadway, resulting in the closure of Fairbairn Avenue eastbound for several hours while it was cleaned up.

“WorkSafe ACT has been notified, and an investigation will be made to determine the cause.”

In a statement to Region, an ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACT ESA) spokesperson said no injuries had been reported.

“This was a single motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Fairbairn Avenue and Treloar Crescent, which is right next to the War Memorial,” they said.

“There was one occupant who was checked by ACT Ambulance paramedics, but there were no injuries, which is great.”

The ACT ESA has asked the public to avoid the area. Image: ACT Emergency Services Agency/Facebook.

The ACT ESA said in a Facebook post shortly before 10 am on Tuesday morning (18 July) that the public should avoid the area.

“ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Policing are all responding to this incident.

“This intersection is currently closed and traffic delays are expected.”

The ACT Police spokesperson asked that anyone with dashcam footage contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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