Police seek truckie in Hogbin hit

POLICE are looking for a truck driver who left the scene of an accident yesterday.

One of the motorists involved in the incident at Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour, said he had to choose between a rear-end crash or running off the road.

Graeme Stace took his foot off the accelerator and “hoped to fit on the shoulder” to avoid a chain reaction accident – which he did.

“A truck pulled out in front of the driver in front of me,” the shaken driver said.

Mr Stace’s purple Hyundai Excel came to rest in the ditch beside Hogbin Drive, opposite Hi-Tech Drive. Police said the truck continued south towards Toormina without stopping at the accident.

Max Dell, a passenger in the Excel, said a vehicle was already in the merging lane when the truck attempted to merge in front of a Subaru. The driver of the Subaru jumped on the brakes to avoid hitting the truck.

Traffic on Hogbin Drive slowed to a crawl at 10.15am yesterday while police, a fire crew, ambulance and tow trucks cleared the scene.

The passenger of Mr Stace’s car, his uncle, was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with hip injuries.

“It freaks you out. Especially if you haven’t been in an accident before,” Mr Stace said.

“I’m just lucky I have insurance.”

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