Police recover truckie's body after fatal crash

Police pull truck driver's body from a NSW dam after he crashed through a metal barrier on the Pacific Highway

June 23, 2011

Police have recovered the body of a truck driver whose semi-trailer ploughed through a metal barrier on the Pacific Highway and landed in a dam.

NSW Police received calls from motorists about 5:30am today reporting the incident near Bulahdelah, which is just over an hour north of Newcastle.

In a statement, NSW Police says the truck’s cabin was almost submerged when officers arrived. Divers had to be called in and the body was recovered just after 11am.

"The body, believed to a man aged in his mid 40s, has been recovered and taken for a post mortem examination," the statement says.

"Investigators remain at the scene and they will prepare a report for the Coroner."

A salvage operation will begin today to remove the truck from the dam, with NSW Police saying a contra-flow will be put in place on the highway.

A contra-flow will be put in place once the salvage operation gets underway.

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