19 March 2024

Man charged after truck smashes hatchback on Hume Highway near Mittagong

| Zoe Cartwright
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Police have charged a truck driver after an accident near Mittagong that injured two people. Photo: File.

Police have charged a man with multiple offences following a crash that seriously injured a woman near Mittagong yesterday.

At about 11:15 am on Monday (March 18), officers attached to The Hume Police District closed one southbound lane at Braemar, north of Mittagong, to clear debris after a single-vehicle crash.

There were no injuries from the initial crash.

About 45 minutes later, while police were still diverting traffic from the blocked lane, a second crash occurred involving a heavy vehicle and a hatchback.

The hatchback was then forced into the rear of a station wagon.

A front-seat passenger in the hatchback, a 69-year-old woman from Cootamundra, was trapped within the wreckage for some time before being released and airlifted to Liverpool Hospital.

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She is reported to be suffering multiple injuries, including fractures.

The man driving the hatchback, also aged 69 and also from Cootamundra, was taken to Liverpool Hospital by road ambulance to be treated for cuts, as well as undergoing mandatory testing.

The driver of the truck, a 55-year-old man, was not injured. He was arrested and taken to Bowral Hospital for mandatory testing before being taken to Southern Highlands Police Station.

Officers attached to the Crash Investigation Unit established a crime scene and launched an investigation into the incident.

The driver was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, causing bodily harm by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday, 16 April 2024.

Original Article published by Zoe Cartwright on Region Illawarra.

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