A number of motorists were lucky to escape without serious injury or death following a serious crash on Sydney’s northern beaches on Tuesday (October 21).
At around 6am, a 10-tonne truck that was carrying flour and other food products turned from Warringah Road into Pittwater Road at Dee Why. For yet unknown reasons, the truck headed over the centre line, tipped over and collided with oncoming rush-hour traffic.
The truck smashed into a total of nine light vehicles – with one becoming wedged under the truck. Paramedics were initially only able to make voice contact with the pair stuck inside.
Two trapped people, a man and a woman, were freed by rescue personnel. The man was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital by road, while the woman was airlifted to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
In total, five men and one woman were injured in the incident, while the truck driver was not hurt. Police at the scene conducted mandatory testing on the driver with the results not available at the time of writing.
Labourer Dylan Fisher was in his vehicle at the traffic lights and witnessed the truck flip and collide with the vehicles ahead of him.
“He was going way too fast. It must have been like 80km/h or so,” the Daily Telegraph reported.
“As soon as he took the corner, it just flipped over and he took out all the cars.”
The particular section of Warringah Road where the truck lost control currently has a 20km/h speed limit for heavy vehicles.
Mr Fisher injured his back in the accident, but escaped serious harm.
“My life flashed before my eyes. It was shocking. (A) very intense situation,” he said.
Northern Beaches Superintendent Dave Darcy noted that the intersection has a high-risk history, but had never attended such an accident in the past.
“In my 30 years of service, I have never felt so lucky as today,” he told reporters at the scene.
“This was peak hour on one of the busiest roads of Sydney and this truck has just ploughed through cars and we have been so fortunate.”
According to reports, the truck was kept on the scene for mechanical examination. In addition, the northbound section was closed to the public for the rest of the day.
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