Truck crash chal­lenges NSW re­cov­ery re­sources

Australian Transport News - - News -

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 Pacic 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.

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