WRECKAGE: The scene of a crash involving a truck and a car towing a caravan. The crash occurred on the Pacific Hwy just north of the Parker Rd turnoff. Photo: JoJo Newby
WRECKAGE: The scene of a crash involving a truck and a car towing a caravan. The crash occurred on the Pacific Hwy just north of the Parker Rd turnoff. Photo: JoJo Newby

Truck smashes through caravan

IT WAS a nightmare come true for Gail Arnott.

Her husband, Stan, drives trucks for a living and the Pacific Hwy is a constant source of worry for the Halfway Creek woman.

Mr Arnott was carting a load of sand from Wooli to Woolgoolga yesterday morning when his truck and a caravan collided.

"He's got bits of caravan stuck in his head like splinters," Mrs Arnott said.

Coffs Clarence duty officer Inspector Tony Milner said the crash happened about 8.25am.

A northbound Toyota Prado towing a caravan lost control and collided with a truck and trailer about 100m north of the Parker Rd turnoff on the Pacific Hwy at Glenugie.

"The Prado rolled onto its side and the 70-year-old female driver, of Tweed Heads, was trapped in the vehicle," Insp Milner said.

"She had to be freed by the SES."

The woman was airlifted to Coffs Harbour Hospital and yesterday afternoon was reported to be in a serious but stable condition suffering abdominal and chest injuries.

Her male passenger was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital for observation.

The road was closed for an hour and a half, and Insp Milner said inquiries were continuing.

Truck driver Mr Arnott spoke to The Daily Examiner shortly after the crash.

"I was travelling south and the car and caravan started going sideways across in front of me," he said.

Mr Arnott said he avoided colliding with the car but couldn't avoid the caravan.

"When it hit it sounded like a bomb going off," he said.

His truck and trailer left the roadway and came to a halt after grinding through trees and shrubbery. He escaped major injury but had splinters and grazes on his face and hands.

"There are bits of caravan in the cab of my truck," Mr Arnott said.

He called his wife, Gail, minutes after the crash.

Mrs Arnott said her husband drove on the highway nearly every day due to his line of work. "It is a nightmare," she said. "I worry every day."

Mr Arnott was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital.

"They'll probably give him a few stitches and pick the bits of caravan out of his head," Mrs Arnott said.

Mr Arnott is the owner and driver of Stan Arnott Transport and has been driving trucks "all his life".



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