Police seek public assistance on fatal tanker crash

NSW Police seeks help from witnesses to crash involving a fuel tanker and four other vehicles that killed two people

October 2, 2013

New South Wales Police is urging any witnesses to yesterday’s fatal crash involving a fuel tanker and four other vehicles to come forward if they have not already done so.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says the investigation into the crash that killed two people is a complex one and police need all witnesses to contact them.

The crash occurred when a fuel tanker travelling east on Mona Vale Road, about 35 minutes north of Sydney, lost control, hit a power pole and four oncoming vehicles.

The tanker ended up on its side. Fuel poured onto the roadway, igniting the vehicles and surrounding bushland.

Two men died at the scene. They are yet to be formally identified, however are believed to be a 73-year-old from Turramurra and 71-year-old from Western Australia travelling in the one car.

"Police are looking at the possibility of mechanical failure or driver error as a cause. However, the investigation is expected to take a couple of weeks," Hartley says.

"Many witnesses have been on radio and social media and we need to speak to them also. If you witnessed the crash, please contact Dee Why Police on [02] 9971 3399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you haven’t already."

Five people were injured and taken to hospital. One has since been discharged, another is in a serious but stable condition and the rest are in a stable condition.

The site of the incident has been cleared of vehicles, but traffic diversions on Mona Vale Road are expected to be in place while the clean-up operation continues.

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