Semi-trailer slams into house

POLICE will charge a truckie with negligent driving after he slammed into a South Kempsey home and blocked the Pacific Highway.

The southbound semi-trailer jack-knifed near Lachlan Street and crashed into the front of the house shortly before 7.30pm on Sunday.

The Queensland driver, 58, was taken to Kempsey Base Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The home owner, a 76-year-old man, was treated at the scene for shock but he was otherwise uninjured.

“The front of the house was extensively damaged as a result of the crash and a number of powerlines were brought down,” a police media spokesman said.

“The highway was closed for 45 minutes immediately after the crash and again for 30 minutes some hours later when the salvage operation occurred.

“Diversions were in place at other times.”



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