Slow time for truckies as accidents hit road network

It was a slow weekend for truck drivers in NSW, with traffic accidents closing down key freight routes

February 1, 2010

It was a slow weekend for truck drivers in NSW, with a spate of traffic accidents closing down key freight routes.

Both lanes of the Princes Highway in far south coast were blocked after a fatal crash north of Eden yesterday morning.

As well as one woman dying, three people were taken to hospital in critical condition.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the M5 tunnel at Kingsgrove south of Sydney was closed for about an hour after a 12 vehicle crash.

Tow trucks were brought into to take away nine of the stricken vehicles, with three people treated for minor injuries.

The M5 shutdown followed the closure of the New England Highway near Tenterfield in the far north of NSW after a car and 4wd collided.

"Local traffic diversions are in place with the New England Highway blocked to traffic in both directions," a police statement says.

"Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the collision are underway."

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