Truckie victim of Macksville Bridge
ANOTHER truck smash has again focused attention on fast-tracking the Pacific Highway upgrade.
It’s Macksville’s turn for a massive clean-up after a semi-trailer careered off the road on the northern side of the Macksville Bridge and obliterated a toilet block.
The driver was delicately prised from his wrecked cabin and is recovering in hospital, where he is nursing deep cuts to his right arm.
Macksville Fire Station commander Bill Lenthall – a seasoned rescue worker – was called into action at 3.08am yesterday.
“We were the first emergency services there and the driver was trapped by the legs. He was conscious,” Mr Lenthall said.
“Naturally there were bricks and debris everywhere. We got started on clearing the scene so we could get to the cabin.
“Ambulances arrived and they started working on him. The VRA (volunteer rescue association) also came and the emergency services got him out.
“He was transported to Coffs Harbour hospital.”
The truckie, thought to be in his late 50s, had been heading south with a load of packaged meat when the heavy vehicle tipped on its side, slid across the road and wiped out the amenities block and part of a guard rail.
Specialists toiled all day to clear the crash site and to salvage the stricken truck. Firefighters from throughout the region remained at the scene to ensure diesel didn’t seep into the nearby Nambucca River.