Investigations continue into Linfox driver death

Linfox B-double that plunged 80 metres off the F3 is still there, as police investigate what caused the fatal accident

By Brad Gardner

A Linfox B-double truck that plunged 80 metres off the F3 is still there, as police look for witnesses to determine what lead to the fatal accident.

The NSW Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit is continuing its investigation, following an unsuccessful attempt yesterday to retrieve the stricken vehicle from a valley in Hornsby.

The crane sent in to remove the truck was unable to raise the vehicle because the load was too heavy, prompting salvage crews to delay recovery efforts until tonight.

It is unclear what caused the 40-year-old male driver to hit a safety barrier on the F3 at 11:35am, but a spokesman for NSW Police says another truck driver may hold some clues as to what caused the accident.

"Police are appealing for the driver of a white Kenworth truck to come forward," the spokesman says.

The accident forced crews to close down two northbound lanes on the freeway for most of the day, leading to traffic delays.

Paramedics tried to revive the driver but he died at the scene. The truck was carrying toilet paper, and there were initial fears the vehicle’s damaged fuel tanks could have sparked a fire.

The F3 reopened to traffic at 5:30 this morning, and the spokesman for NSW Police says sections of it will close again at 8pm to allow salvage crews to remove the truck.

Linfox’s Gary Max says the company is working with police to determine the cause of the accident.

"We will investigate the accident fully in order to understand the cause of the incident as the safety of our people is paramount in our business," Max says.

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