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Trapped truckie waited for help for a whole night

Police are appealing for witnesses after a truck driver was trapped in the cab of his truck for a night after crashing at Hartley in New South Wales.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a truck driver was trapped in the cab of his truck for a night after crashing at Hartley in New South Wales.

A TRUCK driver had a chilly wait for emergency services when he was trapped in the cab of his truck for a whole night after he crashed over an embankment on Tuesday.

It was only at 7.20am the next morning (Wednesday) that police and other emergency services got the call to the crash site on the Great Western Hwy at Hartley in New South Wales.

Police said early investigations suggested the truck, which was carrying a load of hay, was travelling east when it crashed through a guard rail and rolled 10 metres down a steep embankment on River Lett Hill.

The driver a 64-year-old man from Young was trapped in the cab of the truck overnight from about 9pm onwards, police say.

Police said due to darkness and the truck's location, it was not noticed or reported until Wednesday morning.

After being removed from the truck, the man was transported by an Ambulance Service of NSW helicopter to Liverpool Hospital, where he was being treated for lower-leg injuries and hypothermia.

One east-bound lane of the Great Western Highway was closed for several hours while a crane removed the truck.

Police say they are yet to interview the man formally, and would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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