Witness shocked by fatal inferno
GRAFTON engineer Trevor Jones took a break in Casino as he was driving home from Byron Bay on Wednesday night.
He was glad he did after witnessing a 4WD and a truck engulfed in flames on the Summerland Way near Rappville after a head-on collision.
The 4WD driver was incinerated.
Police believed he may have fallen asleep and veered onto the wrong side of the road.
"The road was blocked by a massive inferno with flames about 12 metres high," Mr Jones said.
"The injured truck driver was just sitting by the side of the road. He'd tried to help the other driver, but he was unconscious and the heat was so intense he couldn't do anything."
Shaken by the experience, Mr Jones has called for the improvement of safety in trucks.
"Their cabin is their workplace and they are protected by very little. Two hundred truck drivers die on our roads every year, often going unnoticed."
? Emma Cornford