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Truck crash in western NSW kills cattle, hospitalises drivers

A serious smash involving two heavy vehicles in the central west of New South Wales has resulted in the hospitalisation of two victims and the deaths of a number of livestock.

Police say that the collision occurred around 18:45 on February 8 when two trucks travelling in opposite direction on the Newell Highway near Dubbo collided.

One of the heavy transports jack-knifed across the major roadway as a result of the impact, flinging the hapless driver out of the cab in the process.

The other truck collided with a tree after the initial crash, sending it rolling before coming to rest on its side.

This second vehicle was hauling a large number of live cattle at the time of the accident – many of which died as the trailer toppled.

The driver of this truck escaped the accident with only minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics, before being taken by road ambulance to the nearby Dubbo Hospital for further tests.

However, the occupant of the heavy vehicle that jack-knifed was less fortunate – suffering a number of serious injuries after being ejected from the cab of his prime mover by the centripetal action as is swung across the highway.

He was initially taken to Dubbo Hospital for treatment but was later airlifted out to a facility in Sydney for further treatment.

With the large number of cattle being transported in one of the vehicles, a veterinarian and a ranger were dispatched by emergency services to assess the health of the animals that survived the accident.

The initial cause of the crash is unknown at this point and police have closed off a section of the highway to begin their investigations.

Due to the extensive area that needs to be covered by investigators, the major roadway will remained closed until sometime on Thursday afternoon (February 9), with traffic diversion in place for both light and heavy vehicles.

Individuals who sustain injuries from a collision between motor vehicles in New South Wales are able to apply for car accident compensation to help cover the cost of a range of medical treatments and rehabilitation courses they may require.

While the initial prospect of applying for funds through legal channels may seem daunting, a no win no fee law firms can allow victims to explore their options in advance – giving their case the best possible chances of success.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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