A truck driver has been charged over a crash which claimed the life of a man, seriously injured in a teenager, and resulted in nine horses being euthanised.
The fatal crash happened on Mogriguy Road at Brocklehurst, north of Dubbo, about 10.40am on Saturday.
Police said the truck, which was carrying 17 horses, was being driven along the road when it rolled into a culvert.
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A 64-year-old male passenger died at the scene while a second passenger, a 16-year-old boy, was airlifted to Westmead Hospital with head injuries.
Nine horses had to be euthanised at the scene while the remaining eight were treated by a vet nearby.
It’s understood the horses ranged in value between $50,000 to $200,000 each.
The driver, a 32-year-old man, was taken to Dubbo Hospital with minor injuries.
Following ongoing investigations, he has since been charged with five offences including Dangerous driving occasioning death, Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, Negligent driving occasioning death, Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and Cause bodily harm by misconduct, in charge of motor vehicle.
The man, from Young, was granted conditional bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday 13 June.
His driver’s licence has also been suspended.