P-plater fights for life after explosive crash

A MAN is in hospital, fighting to stay alive following a fiery crash with a semi-trailer in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

The truck smashed into the man’s car on the Great Western Highway where it meets Explorers Road at Katoomba just after 11.30pm on Saturday.

Police said the semi-trailer burst into flames immediately colliding with the car, which was crushed on impact.


Miraculously, the driver of the truck managed to walk away from his burning rig unharmed.

The driver of the car, however, sustained life-threatening injuries and was trapped in the wreckage for around 90 minutes before he was freed.

He was eventually rushed to Westmead Hospital about 1am where remains today in a critical condition, fighting for his life.

(Source: 7 News Sydney)

An enormous fireball consumed the semi-trailer and burned for hours, reducing the truck to a charred shell on the highway.

The man who had been driving the truck was taken to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

The crash site was declared a crime scene and the highway closed in both directions while firefighters mopped up the mess.

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Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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prayers for the young driver