A man has died after a truck crash on the Lismore-Bangalow Rd.
A man has died after a truck crash on the Lismore-Bangalow Rd. Marc Stapelberg

'Confronting scene': Police investigate fatal truck crash

UPDATE, 11.30am: POLICE are investigating what caused a 49-year-old truck driver to lose control of his vehicle in a fatal crash last night near Bangalow.

Emergency services were called to the Lismore-Bangalow Rd, between Bangalow and Nashua, after an eastbound a semi-trailer, carrying timber, left the road and rolled.

The driver, from Coffs Harbour, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lismore-Bangalow Rd was closed in both directions for nine hours, while debris was cleared and crime-scene officers conducted investigations.

Detective Inspector Matt Kehoe said a report is currently being developed for the coroner.

"It was a fairly confronting scene with logs from the truck strewn over the road way," he said.

"At this stage we are looking at issues around driver fatigue, speed and or a medical condition of the driver."

Detective Inspector Kehoe urged motorists to take care on the roads and drive to the conditions.

"The message we want to put out is, drive to the conditions," he said.

"If it is raining, overcast or slippery surfaces, reduce your speed and always where your seatbelt.

The family of the driver are still being contacted by police.

 

UPDATE, 9.20am: THE Lismore-Bangalow Rd has reopened after a fatal truck crash last night.

A spokesman from the Transport Management Centre said the road -- which had been closed since the rollover at 11.35pm last night -- reopened to traffic just after 9am.

 

UPDATE, 7.50am: AN AMBULANCE NSW spokesman said they dispatched four road crews to last night's truck crash, but were unable to save the driver, who died at the scene.

"We first got the call at 11.35pm last night and had four ambulance crews arrive at the incident," he said.

"We were responding to reports that a truck had rolled.

"When we arrived the patient on scene did not require transport."

The Lismore-Bangalow Rd at Binna Burra is closed after a fatal truck crash.
The Lismore-Bangalow Rd at Binna Burra is closed after a fatal truck crash.


Original story: A TRUCK driver has died after his semi-trailer rolled on the Lismore-Bangalow Rd at Binna Burra last night.

About 11.35pm, emergency services were called after an eastbound semi-trailer, carrying timber, left the road and rolled.

The male driver died at the scene. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

The road is currently closed in both directions and is expected to be closed for several hours while the salvage operation takes place.

Diversions are in place, and drivers are urged to use the Bruxner Highway, which will add about 45 minutes to your journey.

Tow trucks, emergency services, the RMS and council workers are still at the scene of the crash.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence.

The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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