Truck driver charged over M7 multi-vehicle collision


A truck driver has been charged following a multi-vehicle collision on the M7 motorway north-west of Sydney last week

July 23, 2012

A truck driver has been charged following a multi-vehicle collision on the M7 motorway north-west of Sydney last week.

The 48-year-old truckie is accused of colliding with the rear of a van on Friday, July 20 about 3.30pm at Acacia Gardens which sparked further collisions between two other cars and a utility.

A 13-year-old girl and her 14-year-old sister were ejected out of the van and were treated at the scene by doctors before being airlifted to hospital. The girls remain in serious but stable conditions receiving treatment for head and facial injuries.

An 82-year-old woman was trapped inside her car for 90 minutes before Fire and Rescue officers freed her. She was taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition with a fractured vertebra.

Six other people were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The truck driver was arrested and charged yesterday with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count each of misconduct causing actual bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The incident caused the closure of all westbound lanes of the M7 for a number of hours while police officers conducted examinations of the scene.

The truck driver was granted bail to appear in Mt Druitt Local Court on August 9. Police suspended his driving licence.




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