Fatal tanker collision kills woman

Police are still seeking answers to fatal collision between a fuel tanker and a car in NSW yesterday

By Samantha Freestone | March 30, 2010

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward who may have seen a collision between a tanker and a car on the Great Western Highway yesterday that killed a 64 year-old woman.

The incident happened at 1.40pm yesterday near Katoomba in the NSW Blue Mountains region.

A man driving a fuel tanker was headed westbound when he collided with the woman’s car heading in the opposite direction.

Paramedics had to cut the woman out of her vehicle but she later died at the scene.

The 47-year-old truck driver was uninjured but was taken to Katoomba Hospital for mandatory blood and urine samples.

An inspector from Blue Mountains Police says it may be two to three weeks before the test results are completed.

He could not say if either driver was speeding or veered onto the wrong side of the road.

"The tanker was not loaded. The driver was working but I’m not going to say anything further because it is under investigation," he says.

"We have certain findings so far but it would be inappropriate to speculate at this stage until the coroner had concluded her findings."

The highway was blocked in both directions before reopening at 8.15pm yesterday. Police are interviewing witnesses who were at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information regarding the circumstances leading up to the incident is asked to contact Blue Mountains Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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