Truckie thrown from cabin dies

IT WAS a scene of utter devastation right on our doorstep – the mangled remains of a big rig with the truckie dying at the scene.

Friday night's highway smash on the slopes of Dirty Creek Range north of Corindi again demonstrated the lethal nature of this road and the urgency of the upgrade to dual carriageway.

Woolgoolga Fire Station chief Ray Webb and his emergency services colleagues were called to the scene about 11 o'clock on Friday night.

“We arrived to find a B-double into the bush on the southern side of Range Road down the hill,” Mr Webb said.

The B-double had been driven south by Queenslander Phillip Neven, 48, when he ran off the road and slammed into an embankment.

“It then continued downhill for 300 metres and the impact caused the cab to detach from the chassis of the prime mover,” Mr Webb said.

“The driver was ejected and he was found under a group of trees which had been knocked down in the accident.”

Mr Webb said the B-double trailers, which somehow remained upright, were carrying a 300 kilogram drum of caustic soda, farm equipment and fencing and the load remained intact.

But all four diesel tanks on the heavy vehicle ruptured and spewed their contents on to the highway, which was closed during the salvage operation.

Police are investigating the cause of the smash and are preparing a report for the coroner.

Elsewhere, five people were injured in a head-on smash on Dorrigo Mountain about 10am yesterday. The smash involving two cars happened halfway up the mountain at 10am.

A truckie was fined after a smash on the Pacific Highway south of the Coffs Harbour CBD on Friday night.

Police said the northbound semi, driven by a man, 48, changed lanes south of Combine Street and clipped a Toyota Corolla driven by a Korora woman, 18.

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