15 March 2022

UPDATED: Truck driver dies after Kings Highway crash

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Accident scene, Kings Highway

The accident scene on the Kings Highway this morning. Photo: Karyn Starmer.

UPDATED: NSW Police have confirmed the truck driver involved in this morning’s accident on the Kings Highway has died.

“The driver – a man believed to be aged in his 30s – was trapped before being released but, despite efforts, he died at the scene,” a spokesperson said. “He is yet to be formally identified.

“Officers attached to South Coast Police District have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.”

Police are now asking any witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the crash to contact Batemans Bay Police on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Kings Highway has re-opened, however a contra flow has been put in place and motorists are being encouraged to find an alternate route.

8.30 am: A truck driver has been seriously injured after his vehicle left the Kings Highway and overturned down an embankment near Nelligen this morning, 15 March.

The accident happened in wet weather at about 6.50 am on Tuesday, about 300 metres east of Old Bolaro Road. It’s believed the truck driver was heading west when his light tipper truck crossed the road, hit the railing and landed on the driver’s side. A tree prevented it rolling further down the embankment.

Heavy vehicles are being advised to avoid travelling along the Kings Highway between Batemans Bay and Braidwood, with no suitable diversions available.

Accident scene, Kings Highway

The overturned truck after it left the Kings Highway this morning. Photo: Karyn Starmer.

Motorists are also being urged to avoid the area if possible. If not, they should allow extra travel time and follow the directions of emergency services on scene.

Traffic is heavy in both directions. Alternating (stop/slow) traffic conditions are in place.

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The male driver was the only occupant of the truck and has reportedly sustained serious injury with a possible head injury.

About 8 am a rescue helicopter had landed at Mackay Park in Batemans Bay and was on stand-by to airlift the man to hospital

For the latest traffic information, download the Live Traffic NSW app, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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