Truck crash challenges NSW recovery resources
A rare and expensive New South Wales incident for the trucking industry last month saw four heavy-duty trucks involved in a nose-to-tail crash on the Pacic Highway at Telegraph Point.
And the number involved had stretched accident mitigation services, according to the state’s Transport Management Centre ( TMC).
Local news services suggested three B-doubles and a Pantech were involved, with at least three drivers receiving hospital treatment. TMC spokesman Dave Wright told
ATN it took four hours to extricate and treat the badly injured driver of the fourth truck and y him out by rescue helicopter.
Then the vehicle recovery presented a tough task.
“The trucks jammed together – we had to get a number of cranes in to help shift some of the trucks out of the way,” Wright said.
“We got two trucks out of the way fairly quickly but the fourth truck, which was the truck that sustained the most [damage] was really wedged in and that took some time to remove it.
“It’s very rare that you have an incident with four B-doubles or semi-trailers being involved in an accident in the middle of the night, in the middle of the state.
“So, to actually get all those resources there was a logistical challenge in the rst place. And particularly heavy tow trucks; there is literally only a few in the state.”
The crash occurred on a section of the highway where Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) was carrying out routine maintenance, with work expected to be completed in the coming months.