Upturned tractor on Tardas Road Cordalba.
Upturned tractor on Tardas Road Cordalba. Mike Knott

Farm worker killed in tractor rollover

2pm | AUTHORITIES have confirmed a farm worker in his 50s has tragically died following a tractor rollover and subsequent chemical spill at Cordalba this morning.

Workplace Health and Safety is currently at the scene of the incident, where a middle-aged man was killed shortly before noon today.

Initial reports are the man involved was driving the tractor and spraying sugarcane when the vehicle rolled.

It is still unclear how the man died and WHS investigators and inspectors are en route to the scene now.

"We are investigating the agricultural workplace fatality on a property on Tardas Rd," a spokesman said.

Upturned tractor on Tardas Road Cordalba.
Upturned tractor on Tardas Road Cordalba. Mike Knott

 

1.45pm | WORKPLACE Health and Safety has arrived at the scene of a tractor rollover and chemical spill on a farm at Cordalba, near Gregory River.

A spokesman told the NewsMail Worksafe would be investigating what caused the vehicle to roll and spill the toxic chemicals.

According to witnesses, a tow truck arrived at the scene of the incident about 30 minutes ago. 

Police are working with Worksafe as investigations continue.

Upturned tractor on Tardas Road Cordalba.
Upturned tractor on Tardas Road Cordalba. Mike Knott

 

11am | EMERGENCY services are at the scene of a vehicle crash at Cordalba, near Gregory River, where a tractor rollover has caused a large amount of toxic chemicals to spill.

Queensland Ambulance Service responded to reports of the crash at 10.47am, with fire and police units responding shortly after.

It is understood the incident, possibly involving a toxic herbicide, arose on a private property on Tardas Rd.

The condition of the driver has yet to be confirmed by police.

Emergency services are at the scene of a vehicle crash at Gregory River, where a tractor rollover has caused a large amount of toxic chemicals to spill.
Emergency services are at the scene of a vehicle crash at Gregory River, where a tractor rollover has caused a large amount of toxic chemicals to spill. Mike Knott

Two Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews are currently at the scene, assessing the situation. 

A QFES spokesman said scientific officers had already been requested to attend.

"We do not have confirmation of the chemical that's spilled, but that's our main concern, the chemical and the rollover," he said.

The spokesman added there were no active flames and that crews were currently working to make the scene safe.

This is a developing story. Updates to follow.