Caretaker killed in freak accident

A COFFS Harbour man lost his life in a bizarre accident just metres from his home yesterday.

The 45-year-old was the caretaker at the Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Club track off Phil Hawthorne Drive where the tragedy unfolded just after 1pm.

Coffs Harbour police duty officer, Chief Inspector Ray Bell, said a truck was on a soil run to the property and was being driven out slowly by a Coffs Harbour man believed to be aged about 50.

Mr Bell said the caretaker was standing next to the access road as the truck passed and both men, who knew each other, waved to each other.

However, it then appears the caretaker somehow stumbled or fell under the back wheels of the truck.

He died at the scene Police, paramedics and forensics specialists arrived and investigations into the accident began.

The truck driver was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where he was treated for shock and underwent mandatory blood and alcohol tests.

Two WorkCover investigators also inspected the site.

Shocked motorcycle club members arrived at the track as word spread of the accident.

An RSPCA officer was also called in and took away the caretaker’s dog in a van.

Mr Bell said police were still trying to notify the caretaker’s family and they were not releasing his name late yesterday.

Police investigations continue and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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