A motor collision involving a coach and a b-double truck hauling a milk tanker has resulted in the death of one victim and the injury of several others.
Police say that the accident occurred on the Gwydir Highway at around 15:35 on February 10 when the two heavy vehicles were involved in a head-on collision, with the passenger transport travelling eastwards, while the transport was proceeding westbound.
The driver of the bus, a 63-year-old man, received severe injuries from of the initial impact – which crumpled the front of the coach and shattered its windows – and as a result died at the scene.
Reports indicate the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter that services the northern region of the state had been dispatched to transport the victim before he expired.
Several of the passengers on board the coach were also wounded during the accident and required medical attention at the site, with some displaying signs of shock and others possessing more obvious injuries.
They were transferred by road ambulance to the nearby Grafton Base Hospital for ongoing treatment.
The driver of the milk haulage truck – a 56-year-old man – did not suffer any significant injuries as a result of the accident
However, the man was taken to Glen Innes Hospital by police to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.
Traffic diversions were put in place between Glen Innes and Grafton by police as officers from both the Oxley Crash Investigation Unit and Forensic Services Group arrived to examine the scene.
They were kept in place until sometime in the afternoon of February 11 after salvage crews were called in to remove the wrecked vehicles from the site and clear the highway of debris.
While investigations are continuing into the case, most of the victims have since been released from medical care.
In NSW the individuals who are injured in a motor vehicle collision are able to apply for car accident compensation that can be used to cover their hospital fees.
This is especially useful to those victims who require ongoing treatments or need to attend rehabilitation sessions in order to make a full recovery.
In cases where individuals suffer extensive injuries these medical bills can quickly add up to considerable amounts – making the services of a car accident lawyer a viable option, with no win no fee arrangements allowing for payments to be postponed until a payout is received.