Truck rolls in Pacific Highway crash
IT'S not every day a panel van takes on a B-double and wins, but that's exactly what happened in a crash on the Pacific Highway, south of Grafton, yesterday.
Queensland truckie Steve Corcoran was travelling north when he alleged a van pulled out in front of him at 10am.
“It was pretty scary, I tried to stop and just couldn't,” he said.
He said was trying to overtake the van when the vehicles collided, pushing both off the road and causing the truck to roll.
Grafton resident Glenn Self was at a rest stop when the collision occurred in front of him.
“I feel sorry for him (the truck driver) because he's done everything he could,” he said. “He kicked the window out to get out.”
A 41-year-old Sydney woman, believed to be Mr Corcoran's partner, was trapped in the B-double passenger seat.
SES volunteers removed her from the vehicle and paramedics took her to Grafton Base Hospital with suspected back injuries. Last night she underwent x-rays and was in a stable condition.
The occupants of the panel van were three Italian men, aged in their 20s. They had been travelling to Byron Bay from Sydney when the crash occurred.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man for negligent driving and for a blood urine analysis.
Police also arrested a 23-year-old man for drug possession, and a 32-year-old man for an outstanding conviction warrant.