TWU calls for investigation into Linfox death


TWU calls for a full investigation into the death of a Linfox driver, blaming "hyper-competitive" industry

By Michael House

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has called for a full investigation into the death of a Linfox driver who was killed after his B-double plunged 80 metres down an embankment of the F3 near Mt Colah on Tuesday.

TWU New South Wales Secretary Wayne Forno says reports another truck had been involved in the incident made it clear there was a need for wider investigations.

"We are calling for a full investigation into he incident and for the coroner to examine how the hyper-competitive road freight industry and the inadequate pay and conditions of truck drivers is contributing to more deaths on the road," Forno says.

"This is a national problem which has seen hundreds of people across Australia die each year in heavy vehicle incidents and we need an immediate nation solution."

The driver’s body has since been recovered from the scene of the crash after initial difficulty, due to the fact the vehicle’s trailer containing toilet paper had landed on top of the cab.

"Police and emergency workers have successfully recovered the truck," a police statement released today says.

"Both trailers and the prime mover were successfully retrieved from the bottom of the embankment by 4am and have been removed from the scene.

"They will be subject to forensic examinations today."

A fund has been set up by the TWU for the driver who had young family and all members are encouraged to donate and Linfox has indicated any donations will be matched.

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