Tanker crash kills truckie, closes highway

Highway closed down for 10 hours after B-double crash kills the driver

February 15, 2010

The Great Western Highway in a region of NSW was closed for almost 10 hours after a truck driver died when his trailers fell on top of his cabin.

The incident happened at Lithgow about 10pm on Friday last week and a police spokeswoman says it took until 7.30am Saturday morning for the wreckage to be removed.

According to police, the B-double tanker rolled down an embankment and into a creek where the trailers jack-knifed and landed on top of the cabin.

Cranes had to be brought in to remove the stricken vehicle, as emergency crews were called in.

Although the tanker was empty, concerns about petrol vapour hampered retrieval efforts.

Only one person has spoken to police, but there may be a lead to what caused the accident.

"Police are also investigating the impact severe storm conditions and heavy rain experienced in the area at the time of the crash may have had," a police statement says.

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