One man has died and another is in a critical condition following a horror crash on the M1 at Somersby this morning.
The accident, involving a van and a truck, occurred about one kilometre north of the Kariong turnoff around 10.20am.
Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the male driver of the van died at the scene. His passenger, a man whose age is not yet known, was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
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The driver of the truck managed to escape unharmed.
A crime scene has been established and investigations are continuing.