Truckie charged over ditch mishap
SUNDAY, 11:45pm: A truckie who lost control of his B-double on Saturday morning and ended up in a muddy ditch will be charged with negligent driving.
The Volvo prime mover was on its way north on the Pacific Highway early Saturday morning when the driver took the Bangalow exit to avoid carrying dangerous goods through the St Helena Tunnel.
The truck was carrying two trailers one of which included corrosive and dangerous goods.
As the driver proceeded down the off-ramp, he did not slow down in time and drove down a ditch into a containment reservoir.
Fortunately, the truck stayed upright and the driver was uninjured and able to get out of the vehicle.
The salvage operation led by RMS staff took most of the day, with the off-ramp closed until about 3pm.
The driver, a 51-year-old Brisbane man, will be issued with a traffic infringement notice for negligent driving.
Update, 10.45am: A B-DOUBLE truck which ran into a ditch near Bangalow this morning was carrying hazardous materials.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said a HAZMAT team was tasked to the scene on the northbound off-ramp of the Pacific Highway.
The truck lost control and veered into a 1m ditch earlier this morning.
Fortunately upon investigation the corrosive liquid being carried by the truck were not found to be leaking.
Recovery of the vehicle has now commenced.
Bangalow firefighters are still on the scene asisting the RMS with the clean up operation.
Under RMS regulations, vehicles carrying dangerous goods are prohibited from using the Ewingsdale tunnel.
Northbound vehicles must exit the Pacific Highway at Bangalow, and use the old highway (Hinterland Way) to return to the highway further north at Ewingsdale.
Original, 9.05am: A TRUCK crash this morning near Bangalow has forced the closure of an off-ramp on the Pacific Highway.
Live traffic NSW is reporting the northbound Pacific Highway off-ramp just east of the town has been closed.
Emergency services are on the scene as well as a heavy tow truck and RMS staff.
A police source said no one was seriously hurt in the crash.
It is unknown how long the lane will be closed for.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution and allow extra travel time.
Northbound motorists driving to Bangalow and surrounds can exit the highway at Ewingsdale.