Police have charged a truck driver over a fatal crash in the NSW Hunter Region late last year.
Police have charged a truck driver over a fatal crash in the NSW Hunter Region late last year.

Police charge truckie for drugs in system after fatal crash

A TRUCK driver has been charged for allegedly having drugs in his system after a young boy was killed in a crash in the New South Wales Hunter Region.

About 4pm on Monday September 1, 2012, emergency services were called to the intersection of Church and Kelso streets at Singleton following a collision between a school bus and a prime mover.

A nine-year-old boy, who was a passenger on the bus, died at the scene.

Two seven-year-old boys, including the brother of the boy who died, suffered serious head injuries and were airlifted to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

The bus driver, a 54-year-old man, and the remaining four children on the bus were taken to Singleton Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. All were released a short time later.

Meanwhile the truck driver a 34-year-old Queensland man was not injured but was taken to Singleton Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Officers from the Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit with assistance from the Hunter Valley Local Area Command launched an investigation into the incident.

Following lengthy inquiries, on Wednesday January 30, 2013, Queensland Police - on behalf of NSW Police - charged the 34-year-old truck driver with the following alleged offences:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning death;
  • Negligent driving occasioning death; and
  • Drive motor vehicle with prescribed illicit drug present in blood/urine

He is due to appear in Singleton Local Court on Thursday March 14, 2013.

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