Truck driver charged over fatal crash

A TRUCK driver has been charged with dangerous driving causing death following a horror crash that killed a man and critically injured his wife in central West New South Wales.

Police said a heavy vehicle was travelling south along the Newell Highway at Back Creek when it collided head-on with a northbound Mitsubishi Triton, about 18km outside of West Wyalong, on Friday morning.

Sadly, the 54-year-old man driving the Mitsubishi died at the scene while his 52-year-old wife was critically injured.


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The woman was rushed by ambulance to West Wyalong Hospital before being flown to Wagga Base Hospital.

She has since been transferred to St George Hospital in Sydney where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

The 26-year-old man behind the wheel of the truck escaped uninjured and was taken to hospital for mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

Following investigations, the man was arrested on Saturday afternoon and charged with a long list of offences including, dangerous and negligent driving occasioning death and grievous bodily harm.

The man was granted bail and is due to appear in West Wyalong Local Court next month.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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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