Police appeal for help to solve truck crash

Police appeal for help to solve fatal truck crash, alleging a car swerved in front of the heavy vehicle

May 17, 2010

Police in NSW have appealed for help to solve a fatal truck crash on the Hume Highway yesterday.

A semi-trailer filled with cattle travelling on the highway east of Yass in southern NSW careened down an embankment and fell on its side about 2:20pm.

The driver and his female passenger were trapped and cattle fell out of the truck. Passers-by freed the 23-year-old truckie but the 24-year-old female was trapped.

It took almost six hours to free her, but she died at the scene.

Police officers are looking for a blue or green car, possibly a Mitsubishi Lancer bearing NSW registration plates.

They claim it made a right turn from a local road onto the Hume Highway in front of the truck, causing it to swerve and fall down the embankment.

The car was last seen travelling north along the Hume Highway.

Police believe the vehicle had four people in it.

"At this stage, the driver and his passengers might be unaware of the crash," a police statement says.

The crash forced the closure of southbound lanes until after midnight.

"The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Yass Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests," the police statement reads.

"Numerous cattle were destroyed as result of the crash."

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