A fatal car accident involving a truck and a regular sized vehicle occurred in Liverpool at approximately 11:45 this morning.
The police report reveals that the man driving the car was killed after the truck – a semi-trailer with an attached shipping container – rolled at the intersection of the Cumberland and Hume highways.
Emergency workers from the Liverpool local area command, the NSW ambulance paramedics and the Fire and Rescue NSW branch all went to the place of the incident and the scene was closed to vehicles travelling in both directions.
Police have not yet released information about the driver of the car who passed away.
This incident serves as a sombre reminder of the damage a truck can cause when involved in a collision.
Those who are involved in a crash with a heavy duty vehicle may like to know that they could be eligible for truck accident injury compensation.
Although tragic, this types of incidents do occur often – especially if truck drivers do not take adequate care on the roads.
Earlier this year the driver of a Kenworth semi-trailer veered into an undercover policeman when they were both travelling in the same direction along the Hume Highway in Blairmount.
Despite the fact that the policeman’s car spun across three lanes before stopping, he was not seriously hurt.
The truck driver was charged earlier this week with both driving under the influence of drugs and negligent driving.
Similar negligence was shown in another separate incident on June 20.
Police issued an infringement notice to a truck driver who was caught speeding and in possession of illegal drugs on the Hume Highway at Bookham.
The driver was allegedly travelling at 131 kilometres per hour in a 100 kilometres per hour zone.
Superintendent Stuart Smith from the traffic and highway patrol command said that his behaviour could have resulted in serious consequences had he not been caught.
“I am shocked and disappointed to think that a driver can act so irresponsibly in any vehicle but to commit these alleged offences in a heavy vehicle is beyond belief,” Mr Smith said.
“The potential dangers that a truck of this size could cause to the driver and other road users whilst speeding would be catastrophic.”
Mr Smith reassured the public that police would keep an eye out for any similar offenders.
“Officers from the traffic and highway patrol command and RMS heavy vehicle inspectors will continue to conduct enforcement and safety operations around the clock and around the state.”