Hume horrors cause traffic gridlock

It was a bad weekend to be travelling the Hume due to multiple accidents involving trucks and cars

March 8, 2010

Traffic on the Hume Highway in NSW suffered heavy delays and traffic jams last week after multiple incidents involving trucks and cars.

Northbound traffic last Saturday was forced to wait all day for police to clear a truck that had rolled on its side after colliding with a car.

The incident happened in the southern highlands about 10.30am Saturday north of Goulburn when both vehicles were travelling north.

Although the car driver suffered minor injuries and the truck driver was uninjured, a crane was brought in to move the truck and its load.

Police did not anticipate the highway to re-open until 8pm that day, but a spokesman was unable to confirm the actual time.

He says police have not yet determined how the collision occurred.

"The exact cause is still being investigated," he says.

Meanwhile, a woman died when a car collided with a truck at Tarcutta on March 5.

The crash happened about 2.40pm on the Hume Highway when the northbound car is said to have crossed to the wrong side of the road and hit a southbound B-double tanker.

Police say the 18-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car died at the scene, while the male driver suffered minor injuries.

Truck driver did not suffer major injuries, but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The highway was closed in both directions and local diversions were put in place for several hours.

"A crime scene has been established and inquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing," a police statement says.

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