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Truckie remains unidentified

Police continue their investigations into the death of a truckie near Urunga on Tuesday.
Police continue their investigations into the death of a truckie near Urunga on Tuesday. Frank Redward

POLICE have still not released the name of the truckie who died south of Urunga on Tuesday.

It is understood the Sydney 38-year-old has still not been positively identified.

The horrific smash happened on a notorious stretch of the Pacific Highway about 300 metres north of the Hungry Head turnoff at 2.15am. Police said the driver of the southbound semi-trailer laden with ice-cream was travelling at an unknown speed in an 80km/h zone when he lost control on a left-hand bend.

The prime-mover crossed to the wrong side of the road and the truckie was unable to regain control.

The big rig toppled on to its side and slid along the road, slammed into a guard rail and careered upside down into a ditch.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the heavy vehicle, died at the scene.

The load was strewn along the table drain and the accident resulted in massive delays for highway commuters. Paramedics, police, the SES and the RFS attended along with crime scene officers.

The smash follows a three-car pile-up on the same stretch of road on Saturday, when as many as four people were injured.



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