Truckie faces court over F3 incident

A truck driver will face court charged with reckless and negligent driving stemming from an incident on the F3

April 18, 2011

A truck driver will face court next month charged with reckless and negligent driving stemming from an incident on the F3 in NSW.

The 33-year-old man has been accused of causing a potential risk to life as he approved a Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) checking station at Mt White on March 30.

Police allege the semi-trailer driver, who has not been named, was travelling in the third lane of the three-lane freeway about 10:25am when he approached the checking station.

"On drawing level with the checking station, it is alleged the truck came to a sudden stop whilst still in the far lane. Vehicles travelling behind the truck had to take evasive action to avoid crashing into the back of it," a statement from police says.

"The truck remained stationary for about 50 seconds before the driver allegedly began to reverse his vehicle against the flow of traffic, causing many near collisions.

After reversing, the truck began to merge across all three lanes in order to pull into the slip lane to the checking station."

Police allege vehicles had to brake suddenly to avoid colliding with the truck, which blocked all three lanes of the F3.

Following an investigation, police yesterday issued a notice to the driver to attend Gosford Local Court on May 31 to answer charges of driving a vehicle recklessly or furiously and negligent driving.

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