Truckie charged over Sydney Dee Why crash that injured six

POLICE have charged a truck driver following an investigation into a multi-vehicle crash at Dee Why in New South Wales
last month.

About 6am on Tuesday October 21 an Isuzu Pantech truck was travelling down a steep hill from Warringah Rd towards Pittwater Rd.

Police allege as the truck turned left into Pittwater Rd, it lost control; crossed three northbound lanes; and mounted the concrete median strip.

The truck then entered the southbound lanes of Pittwater Rd, where it collided with eight vehicles that were stopped at a red traffic light.

One of these vehicles, a Mazda 3, was crushed beneath the truck after it tipped onto its right side.

A total of six people were injured as a result of the crash.

Four sustained minor injuries. More seriously injured were a man and woman, both off-duty police officers, who were trapped for a period of time in the Mazda 3.

All have since been released from hospital; except the female off-duty officer, who remains in a rehabilitation facility for ongoing treatment.

Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, the truck driver - a 40-year-old Smithfield man - has been charged by way of future court attendance notice with:

• Dangerous Driving occasioning grievous bodily harm (two counts);
• Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm (one count); and
• Cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of a motor vehicle (six counts).

The man is due to appear in Manly Local Court on Monday January 19, 2015.

His driver's licence has been suspended.

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