Two men fatally struck by truck while brawling on side of NSW highway

TWO men have been killed after being hit by a truck while apparently brawling on the side of a highway on the NSW far north coast.

NSW Police have been told the drivers of a four-wheel drive and a semi-trailer, which was carrying logs, were travelling south on the Pacific Highway near Woodburn, south of Ballina, around 8pm on Monday when they were involved in an altercation.

Witnesses said the pair were fighting in the northbound lane when they were hit by the B-double.


Both men sustained multiple injuries and died at the scene.

The 35-year-old truck driver, who is from Albury, has been taken to Ballina Hospital where he has undergone mandatory blood and urine testing.

NSW Police are still working to formally identify the two men but it’s believed the driver of the SUV was a Grafton man aged in his 30s, while the driver of the semi-trailer is from Smiths Lake, aged in his 40s.

The highway was closed for almost nine hours while the crime scene was examined.

Any witnesses are being urged to come forward as police continue investigations.

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