Delays expected, but M7 reopens after truck crash

The M7 reopens following a heavy vehicle collision, while a truckie has died in Tamworth after his B-doubled rolled

April 3, 2012

Lanes on a section of the M7 motorway in NSW have reopened following a heavy vehicle collision that spilled pig carcasses all over the road.

NSW Police announced after 9am the recovery operation to remove the stricken vehicles had completed. It says emergency services were called to the M7 at Prestons after two large trucks collided near the Bernera Road off-ramp just after 2am.

One of the trucks rolled causing its load of pig carcasses to spill across the roadway. Both truck drivers, aged 58 and 52, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. They will undergo mandatory blood testing.

Police officers closed all north-bound lanes of the M7 to remove the trucks and carcasses. While the lanes have reopened, NSW Police has told motorist to expect delays.

An investigation is now underway into the cause of the crash, and any witnesses have been asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, a report will be prepared for the coroner after a truck driver died on the Oxley Highway at Tamworth on April 2.

NSW Police says the driver, who has not yet been formally identified, was travelling with 65 cattle on board when his B-double failed to negotiate a right hand bend on the approach to Tangaratta Bridge, causing the vehicle to roll.

The truck’s trailer rolled down an embankment. The driver died at the scene, while a large number of cattle were injured or killed.

A crime scene has been established and investigations into the crash are continuing. Witnesses have been asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

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