Yet another Bucca fatal
By CRAIG McTEAR
BILL Roberts and Luke Redward are the lucky ones.
They survived when their Isuzu furniture truck and a Nissan Patrol collided at 1.20pm yesterday on Bucca Road, six kilometres west of the Pacific Highway intersection at Moonee.
The Nissan driver, a Nana Glen man, 45, died at the scene despite frantic attempts to save him. Police were not releasing his name late yesterday.
Emergency crews freed him from his wreck at 2.46pm, but he died before a waiting Westpac Lifesaver rescue helicopter could airlift him to hospital.
Fire crews mopped up approximately 200 litres of diesel which spewed from the truck.
Bill, 34, was driving the truck back to Coffs Harbour with his passenger, Luke, 24, after they'd made a delivery to Nana Glen, when they saw the oncoming four-wheel-drive rounding a left-hand bend.
"He was going too quick. I reckon he would have been doing 130km/h. We were doing 70km up the hill," Bill said.
"He came around the corner flying. He was about a third- to half-way into our lane and was drifting on all four wheels, sliding out of control.
"We tried to get out of the way. I swerved to get off the road. He couldn't control his vehicle. He'd come too wide around the corner.
"We couldn't get out of the way fast enough. He hit the side of our truck."
Their truck flipped onto its passenger side and slid for up to 10 metres, while the Nissan came to rest on the side of the road.
Bill, who escaped injury, and Luke, who suffered a grazed left elbow, jumped out of their truck through the driver's side window.
Bill rushed over to the other driver and asked him if he was all right.
"His head moved, that was it," Bill said.
The smash happened in front of Margaret Williams' property, where she's lived for 50 years.
"I was inside and heard a terrible bang. I thought something had crashed onto my roof," Margaret said.