Out-Of-Control Truck Ploughs Through McDonald's Car Park
Several people have been injured after an out-of-control truck ploughed through a McDonald's car park near Wollongong.
The truck had gone through a roundabout, taking out a fire hydrant and colliding with multiple cars in the McDonald's car park at the intersection of Princes Highway and Mount Ousley Road, Fairy Meadow, on Monday morning.
It finally came to a stop after crashing into a white sedan head-on, crumpling the vehicle against the fence of the North Gate unit complex.
The woman inside, aged in her 50s, had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters after being trapped for approximately 15-20 minutes, NSW Ambulance Illawarra District Inspector Terry Morrow said.
"We found she's got a number of fractured ribs on the right side of the chest, she's got a head injury which is not significant but she's concussed and disorientated," he said.
She was treated by paramedics at the scene for spinal and pelvic injuries before being sent to Wollongong Hospital in a stable condition.
The truck was carrying building materials down Mount Ousley Road when it's believed its brakes failed.
Seven ambulance crews and five Fire & Rescue NSW vehicles responded to the incident.
Three people in total were treated at the scene for minor injuries and transported to hospital in stable conditions, including the woman who became trapped in her car, the male truck driver aged in his twenties and an 18-year-old woman.
The truck driver, who suffered back injuries, appeared "confused and disoriented" following the incident, Inspector Morrow said.
"These people have been very, very fortunate they've got away with only minor, really, injuries under the circumstances," he said.
This is the third time Inspector Morrow has attended this site following a crash, including a similar situation where a truck had crashed through the McDonald's drive-through, seriously injuring a number of people.