Investigators will be looking closely at the wreckage from a recent car accident on a Sydney highway, which involved one truck and five other cars and led to serious car accident injuries.
Reports show the car accident occurred on Hume Highway in the southwest part of the city on Tuesday, December 3, and one person was killed in what is now being called the "Sydney Smash". A total of 14 people received medical attention after the incident.
The accident occurred during Sydney's peak rush hour period, too, which caused a traffic jam that went on for 10 kilometres. Cars came to a standstill when police were forced to close the road in both directions to clean up the debris from the wreck and perform a preliminary investigation.
One of the passengers in the large truck was killed, while the others were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. This included one baby, two toddlers and a 55-year-old woman who had to be med-evacuated to Westmead Hospital where she was admitted in serious condition.
Picking up the pieces and healing car accident injuries
Graham Jarrett, acting superintendent of New South Wales Fire and Rescue, explained to Fairfax Radio that emergency crews had to free seven people from their vehicles after the crash. The passenger in the truck was announced dead at the scene by first responders.
This crash is the most recent of several that have occurred on NSW roads in recent years. So far in 2013, there have been 315 fatal accidents.
However, thanks to the state's many efforts to curb the amount of roadway fatalities, this number is down 27 per cent from the same period last year, when 342 people were killed in roadway crashes.
In the 12-month period leading up to December, fatal crashes were down 38 per cent to 342, compared to 380 in the previous 12-month period.
However, truck accidents in particular have been a serious concern in NSW. Some of the largest industry bodies, including the Australian Trucking Association and the Australian Logistics Council, have urged the government to pass new laws that will improve the safety of highways around the country and, in turn, trucking companies' reputations.
Those who may have suffered because of car accident injuries may want to get in touch with a compensation lawyer, as legal action may be an option.