Truck Driver Charged Over Fatal M1 Crash
The fiery crash killed two people and injured five others.
A truck driver has been charged over a fiery crash on the Central Coast which has killed two people and injured 5 more.
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the M1 -- north of Mooney Mooney Bridge -- during peak hour last night, when a b-double smashed into a ute, collecting four more cars in its wake.
On impact the ute erupted in flames, killing the 52-year-old driver and his 19-year-old passenger from the same family.
An elderly woman was trapped inside her white Kia and today owes her life to a Castle Hill High school teacher who freed her from the car moments before it went up in flames.
“I saw the lady banging and screaming for help and I did run over to the burning vehicles,” said witness Ricky Chamberlain.
“I pulled and dragged her away right before it was engulfed in flames.
“I just hope the lady makes a speedy recovery.”
She was taken to North Shore Hospital complaining of pain in her arms and her legs and remains there awaiting surgery.
The four others involved were taken to Gosford Hospital, along with the 30 year-old truck driver.
He was charged this morning with driving negligently and dangerously causing the death of the two family members.
He’ll face Gosford Court in three weeks.
Sadly, according to police this is one of 50 fatal truck crashes on New South Wales roads this year -- 57 people have died.
“A very tragic event that’s happened... on a very busy stretch that services the Sydney and Central Coast Corridor,” Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said.
“Two men have lost their lives and certainly their family would be grieving for them right now.”
While there are roadworks underway to make it safer, the motorway is known to regular commuters to be dangerous.