Linfox driver dies after B-double crash

Linfox B-double plunges almost 80 metres off the F3, killing the driver

April 21, 2009

A Linfox B-double carrying perishable goods has plunged between 20 and 80 metres off the F3 motorway near Wahroonga, north of Sydney killing the driver.

A spokeswoman from the Ambulance Service of NSW says paramedics had to parasail to the location of the crash, twenty metres from the highway.

"The crash occurred at just after midday, when the semi-trailer ran off the highway," she says.

"Upon arriving at the crash scene the driver was found to be trapped and was pronounced dead by paramedics".

A spokesman for the NSW Police, however, says the distance the truck plunged was closer to 80 metres and says it cannot be confirmed if any other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The police spokesman also says delays are expected along the F3, where two northbound lanes were closed to assist with the investigation.

A New South Wales Fire Department spokesman says emergency service workers were waiting for two cranes to arrive as the trailer of the vehicle was resting on top of the cab where the driver’s body is.

Linfox spokesman Gary Max confirmed the death of the driver and says company representatives were on the scene along with police and ambulance personnel.

"It is with deep regret we confirm a Linfox driver was killed in a motor vehicle accident today on the F3 at Wahroonga," Max says.

"Linfox’s emergency management team is at the site and is working with authorities.

"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".

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