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Three in hospital after truck crashes into 4WD at Jugiong

THREE people are in hospital after a crash near Jugiong yesterday.

About 4.40pm, a Land Rover 4WD pulled into a breakdown lane on the Hume Hwy, about 400 metres north of Audley Rd.

The 50-year-old driver of the vehicle and his 49-year-old wife got out of the car to replace a punctured tyre on the trailer they were towing.

About 4.50pm, a northbound B-Double truck crashed into the stationary 4WD, before mounting an embankment and rolling onto its side about 130 metres down the highway.

Police and other emergency services were called to the scene and decided to close the highway's northbound lane.

The 38-year-old truck driver from Melbourne was trapped for a number of hours before being freed from the vehicle and air-lifted to Canberra Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

The 50-year-old driver of the Land Rover, from Deacon in the ACT, was also taken to Canberra Hospital with a broken leg. His wife was taken to Yass District Hospital with chest and ankle injuries.

The incident has prompted police to remind motorists of the need to exercise extra caution on the roads over the coming weeks.

Operations Commander of the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said motorists need to drive to the conditions at all times.

"Any motorist pulling into a breakdown lane or road shoulder needs to do so at a safe speed and ensure they park their vehicle in a visible location that is as far away from passing traffic as possible," Superintendent Smith said.

Whether you are driving on a freeway, highway or suburban street, please stick to the road rules, drive to the conditions and exercise caution at all times.

"It only takes a split second lapse in concentration for a serious crash to occur."

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