Truck driver involved in fatal Menangle crash has licence suspended

Picture: Seven News
Picture: Seven News

The truck driver involved in Friday's fatal crash on the Hume Highway rest area at Menangle was refused bail on Friday.

The driver, from Moss Vale, was refused bail and charged with several offences before facing Parramatta court via video link on Saturday. His licence has been suspended.

The truck crashed into several parked vehicles at the Frank Partridge Rest Area just after 3pm on Friday, resulting in several injuries and the death of an eight-year-old girl.

The child sustained critical injuries and died at the scene. Five others were taken to Liverpool Hospital:

  • A 45-year-old Forster woman, who suffered a fractured hip, leg and head injuries
  • A 46-year-old Glebe man, who suffered a compound fracture to his right arm
  • A 54-year-old ACT woman, who suffered multiple lower limb fractures and internal injuries
  • A 55-year-old ACT man, who suffered multiple rib fractures; and
  • A 45-year-old Kings Park man, who suffered severe shock

The driver was taken to Campbelltown Hospital for mandatory testing before he was taken to Campbelltown Police Station and charged with nine offences.

The offences include: dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, four counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, driver failing to record prescribed information in written work diary, and driver failing to use time zone of driver's base in work diary.

Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after 3.10pm on Friday, and NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Inspector David Kynaston said it was a 'horrendous' sight for first responders.

"Arriving at this scene was unlike anything we have experienced as paramedics, it was absolutely horrendous," he said.

"This is incredibly hard for the emergency services and the families involved who have to face the loss and injury of their loved ones.

"It's extremely difficult for paramedics and other emergency services to be confronted with such carnage - it was a very traumatic scene with obviously a lot of chaos."

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