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Truck driver dies in Cooranbong M1 crash

One Nthbnd lane reopened.

Truck driver dies in Cooranbong M1 crash

UPDATE 5:30AM: 

The M1 has been reopened following a fatal truck crash and fire in the Lake Macquarie region yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, about 12.50pm.

Three trucks collided, resulting in a large explosion and fire. The trucks and a car were destroyed in the fire.

The male driver of a Semi-trailer, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of a stationary Semi-trailer, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured and taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a B-double fuel tanker, a 67-year-old, was uninjured and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a Holden commodore suffered minor burns and was taken to Wyong Hospital.

The truck fire also sparked a bush fire north of the crash scene which NSW Rural Fire Service officers responded to.

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Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The M1 remained closed for an extended period. All lanes have now been reopened.

 

LAST NIGHT: The M1 remains closed southbound and one lane has reopened northbound following a fatal truck crash and fire in the Lake Macquarie region this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, about 12.50pm.

Three trucks, including a fuel tanker, collided, resulting in a large explosion and fire. A car was also destroyed in the fire.

The male driver of one of the trucks died at the scene. No further details on his identity are available.

The truck fire also sparked a bushfire north of the crash scene which NSW Rural Fire Service officers responded to.

Crash investigators remain at the scene examining all the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Motorists should delay their travel or avoid the area if possible. Diversions are in place but there are expected to be significant delays.

Southbound lanes are expected to be closed until the early hours of the morning as an extensive salvage operation takes place.

 

2:30PM: The M1 has been closed in both directions at Cooranbong after a truck caught fire.

The RMS is advising to steer clear of the area, with the roadexpected to remain closed for some time.

Motorists caught in the traffic can exit Northbound via Mandalong Rd exit and Southbound via Palmers Rd exit.

Southound traffic is queued for approximately 12km - allow an extra 100 minutes travel time, whilst Northbound traffic is queued for 7.5km - allow an extra 90 minutes travel time.

Traffic is also very heavy in the Morisset area - Freemans Dr, Mandalong Rd and Wyee Rd.

The RFS says the truck fire's caused a bushfire to break out too. Crews are dealing with approx 15ha of bushland that has burnt so far. An Aircrane helicopter is on scene assisting crews on the ground, but there's no current threat to property.

More to come.

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