A COUNTRYLINK bus driver died in a collision with a B-double truck on a winding section of the Gwydir Hwy.
The eastbound Moree-to-Grafton bus with seven passengers on board collided with the truck heading west at 3.35pm on Friday, 81km from Grafton.
The male bus driver died in the accident and the passengers received minor injuries. They were treated by paramedics and taken in ambulances to Grafton Base Hospital.
The truck driver was not injured, but was in shock. He was taken to Glen Innes Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.
Police said the right-side front of the bus collided with the right-side tri-axle (middle set of wheels) on the truck.
The bus veered left into an embankment and the truck came to rest near a guard rail.
Police said there would be lengthy delays for traffic heading in both directions on the highway.
Traffic was diverted around the scene throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
Westbound traffic was blocked at the Heffron Lookout, about 3km from the accident scene.
Crash investigation police from Tamworth were heading to the scene late yesterday afternoon.
Four SES vehicles, six Rural Fire Service vehicles, three police vehicles and six ambulances attended the scene.
Senior Detective Tony Ehsman, from Inverell, called for witnesses to the accident to call Grafton, Inverell or Glen Innes police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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