A SPATE of crashes involving trucks along the eastern seaboard has left two people seriously injured and another, a truck driver, lost his fight for life.
Police have said two semi-trailers collided on the M2 Motorway at Baulkham Hills in Sydney's north-west about 2.30am this morning.
It is believed both trucks were heading towards the city when the front of one collied into the back of the other.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the force of the crash was so great, one of the trucks became wedged beneath the trailer of the other.
One of the drivers a man in his 50s was trapped in the cabin of his truck for about two hours before he was taken to Westmead Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The other driver was taken to hospital for tests.
- Queensland police are investigating a serious traffic crash from earlier today in Ipswich.
Preliminary information indicates that around 4am, police were attempting to pull over a vehicle travelling at high speed on Redbank Plains Rd when it failed to stop for police.
A tyre deflation device was deployed in a nearby street, but the vehicle drove around it and sped away from the scene.
Patrolling police located the vehicle crashed into the rear of a parked truck on Redbank Plains Road a short time later.
All six occupants in the car were transported to hospital including a woman passenger who sustained critical injuries and five others, one male driver, two male passengers and two female passangers who were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
- A 23-year old Narangba man was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries following a two vehicle crash at Meridan Plains on the Sunshine Coast last night.
Preliminary information indicates that a head-on collision occurred between a westbound sedan and an eastbound truck on the Kawana Link Road around 11.55pm, January 6.
The driver and sole occupant of the sedan sustained head and limb injuries and was transported to Nambour General Hospital.
The driver and sole occupant of the truck, a 27-year-old man from Buderim, was not injured.
The road was closed for several hours as investigations were conducted by members of the Forensic Crash Unit, before being re-opened around 3.45am. Police investigations are continuing.
New TWU NSW secretary Michael Aird said this morning's fatal truck crash on the M2, which took the life of a truck driver, was a tragic reminder of the risks of working in Australia's most dangerous industry.
Mr Aird said that while the causes of this crash were yet to be determined, the everyday reality of the industry was that drivers were under enormous pressure from major clients to speed, carry overloaded trucks and skip breaks to meet impossible deadlines.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with both drivers and their families after this horrific crash. It's important that this crash is fully investigated by the NSW police, the Coroners' office and also by WorkCover, because the roads are a workplace for truck drivers," he said.
"One life lost on our roads is one too many. More needs to be done to protect the community and truck drivers. We need the federal government to stop its attack on the national road safety watchdog, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and work with drivers to lift standards.
"This crash is an absolute tragedy for all involved but sadly it comes as little surprise to our members. Driving a truck is the most dangerous job you can do in Australia, with a workplace fatality rate 15 times higher than the national average. In 2013, the last year for which comprehensive stats are available, 65 transport workers were killed on the job," Mr Aird said.
Mr Aird said around 300 people were killed in truck crashes each year across Australia and thousands more injured.
"Truck drivers are under constant pressure from big companies at the top of the supply chain to do the job quicker and cheaper," he said.
"The only way we can combat this epidemic is for big companies and the state and federal governments to work with us as and drivers to stop the pressure to speed, miss breaks and overload trucks to make ends meet," Mr Aird concluded.
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