Out of control truck causes carnage on NSW highway

POLICE say it is a miracle that no one was injured when a disqualified truck driver lost control of a prime mover on the M1 motorway near Lake Macquarie on Saturday afternoon.

Motorists first spotted the heavy vehicle driving erratically south along the M1 near Morisset at around 1.30pm.

The truck then entered a breakdown lane around four kilometres south of the Mandalong Road interchange where it smashed into a parked car which had stopped in the emergency phone bay.


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Police said the prime mover then almost rolled as it continued up an embankment before ploughing through a bunch of shrubs and trees.

Miraculously, the 62-year-old man who was driving the car escaped uninjured.

PHOTO: Facebook via Traffic and Highway Patrol Command - NSW Police Force

PHOTO: Facebook via Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force

The driver of the truck, a 27-year-old Gledswood Hills man, was subjected to a roadside breath test which police said returned a negative result.

Police said investigations revealed the man’s heavy vehicle licence has been disqualified.

After being assessed by paramedics at the scene, the man was taken to hospital to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.

Police say they will be pursuing legal action against the driver once he is discharged from hospital.

Investigations are continuing regarding the driver’s log book.