A 47-year-old Coffs Harbour truckie walked virtually unscathed from this wreck near Corindi on Tuesday night.
A 47-year-old Coffs Harbour truckie walked virtually unscathed from this wreck near Corindi on Tuesday night. Frank Redward

Truckie rides his luck in crash

RESCUERS were amazed that the driver a truck that crashed on the Dirty Creek Range north of Corindi on Tuesday night, walked from the crash virtually unscathed.

The Coffs Harbour 47-year-old was driving his Kenworth prime mover and B-double south and was negotiating a sweeping left-hand bend downhill when he lost control at 6.40pm.

The trailer jack-knifed, spun around to face north and the vehicle then slammed into an embankment.

The force of this impact tore the cabin from the prime mover’s engine and chassis.

The driver was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

The highway was blocked for four hours and traffic was forced to use alternating lanes at the height of the salvage operation.

Police inquiries into the cause of the accident are ongoing.

Investigators say fatigue may have contributed to another B-double smash later that night.

Police said a Queensland man, 37, was uninjured in the crash on the Pacific Highway at Woolgoolga.



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