Trail of destruction: Stolen truck crashes in Singleton


A truck stolen from a service station in Murrurundi in the Hunter Valley has burst into flames in Singleton after crashing and injuring multiple people.

Trail of destruction: Stolen truck crashes in Singleton
A photo of the site posted to Facebook by NSW Police.

 

Police responded to reports of the stolen truck and allege the truck was sighted driving erratically south along the New England Highway towards Singleton.

Although police did not engage in a pursuit, officers deployed road spikes to try and stop the vehicle as it approached Singleton.  

The truck drove down George Street where it crashed and caught fire, leaving a path of destruction.

The driver of the alleged stolen truck was arrested at the scene and is currently assisting police with inquiries.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has commented on the incident, saying "A stolen fertiliser truck that crashed into a building at Singleton in the Hunter Valley today is a wake-up call for drivers to secure their vehicles at all times."

"News reports that the truck was stolen from a service station at Murrurundi are a shock and have hit home amongst the Australian trucking community," ATA CEO Ben Maguire said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the driver, those injured, and the Singleton community.

"An incident resulting from an unsecure truck as we have seen in Singleton today, can have a devastating impact.

"Trucks and other commercial vehicles are easy to access, and this is a warning to all drivers and operators that trucks and loads must be secured at all times.

"Keeping your trucks safe and secure is absolutely essential in today’s heightened security environment, no matter where you are, how small the rest stop or how safe you feel."

A critical incident team from Port Stephens Local Area Command is investigating all circumstances surrounding the incident including the deployment of road spikes.

That investigation will be subject to independent review and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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