P-plater, 17, killed after ute ploughs into back of parked tow truck

A YOUNG P-plate driver has been killed and his teenage passenger has been injured in a horror crash on a usually quiet street on Sydney’s Upper North Shore.

The 17-year-old’s green ute ploughed into the back of a flat bed tow truck in Thornleigh around 1.20am.

It’s understood the teen lost control of the vehicle before it slammed into the metal tray of the truck.


Police said the truck was unoccupied and parked on Duffy Avenue at the time of the crash.

The young man behind the wheel of the ute sustained life-threatening injuries and died at the scene.

It’s understood the truck’s tray smashed straight though the ute’s windscreen, killing the teen driver instantly.

Miraculously, his male passenger, also 17, survived the horror collision.

He escaped with only minor injuries and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment.

Police have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

It’s understood investigators will be looking into whether alcohol or speed played a part.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report will now be prepared for the Coroner.

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