Out-of-control truck traps motorists

By: Paul Howell


Some injuries but no fatalities after a truck ploughs into stationary cars at notorious Sydney intersection.

 

A 10-tonne truck lost control on a steep decline at the intersection of Warringah Road and Pittwater Road in Dee Why, north of Sydney this morning.

The vehicle hit a median strip, crossed over on to the wrong side of the road, hit several stationary vehicles and then overturned about 6am.

Six people were injured, with one man and woman also trapped in a car beneath the overturned truck for an hour after the collision.

NSW Police says the truck driver has undergone mandatory testing, and the truck will also remain at the site for a thorough mechanical examination.

A similar crash occurred at the same intersection in 2000. That incident resulted in the death of an 11-month old boy.

One witness from today’s incident estimated the truck was travelling about 80km/h when it entered the intersection. Trucks are specifically speed limited to 20km/h on the dangerous descent.

A spokesperson from the New South Wales branch of the Australian Trucking Association did not respond to a request for comment. 

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