A series of unfortunate events has led to the death of an elderly man in a northern Sydney suburb after his car was involved in a crash along with two other vehicles.
Police say that the fatal car accident occurred on Victoria Road in Gladesville at around 07:45 on April 23 when two westbound cars – a Mercedes sedan and a white Mazda hatchback – collided in a minor incident.
Official reports indicate that the accident caused the smaller vehicle to cross over the median strip and into the path of a Mitsubishi Fuso truck travelling in the opposite direction.
The head-on collision demolished the front of the Mazda trapping its driver – a 76-year-old man – inside the crumpled chassis.
Emergency services worked swiftly to gain access to the elderly victim, but despite the best efforts of paramedics and a passing doctor he died at the scene.
The driver of the Mercedes involved in the initial collision – a 28-year-old man – and the 26-year old male driver of the truck did not suffer life-threatening injuries, but were treated for shock at the scene.
They were also taken to a nearby medical facility for mandatory blood and urine testing – an integral part of the ongoing investigations into any fatal crash.
Authorities have not indicated how the accident came to occur and have not indicated if any of the drivers involved may have been at fault, although the wet weather condition on the day in question may have played a role in the scale of the accident itself.
Police closed the roadway for six hours while members from the Metropolitan Crash Unit and investigators attached to Gladesville Local Area Command examined the scene to gain a better understanding of how the collision came to occur.
The diversions caused lengthy delays for all city-bound traffic, with a contraflow system put in place just after 12:30 on the western carriageway.
Salvage crews were called in to clear the major roadway of the damaged vehicles and to remove trace debris that could interfere with safe driving – the road was reopened for public shortly after 14:00.
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