Fatigue zone claims two more vehicles
TWO more vehicles have been added to the tally for the Pacific Highway's notorious 'fatigue zone' this morning.
Just before 3am, it's believed the driver of a northbound prime mover collided with another on the Pacific Highway near Kungala Rd, Halfway Creek.
"We got the call this morning at 2.58am that there had been a collision on the Pacific Highway," Fire and Rescue NSW Station 307 South Grafton captain Paul Danvers said.
"One vehicle had run into the rear of the other."
It's believed the rear vehicle failed to recognise the lower speed of the prime mover travelling in front. This resulted in the rear vehicle colliding with the back of the front vehicle.
The driver of the front prime mover was uninjured and their trailer was towed to a salvage centre South Grafton.
However, the driver in the rear vehicle was transported to hospital due to injuries sustained from the collision.
It's believed one of the drivers was trapped inside the cabin for a short time as the truck doors would not open.
"One prime mover was extensively damaged causing the truck's fuel tanker to rupture causing a diesel spill," Mr Danvers said.
"We had to decanter the fuel which was around 150 litres."
Mr Danvers said this required the assistance of a specialist hazmat van from Coffs Harbour to attend to the hazardous material.
Fortunately, the Pacific Highway was not closed during the five-hour clean-up and salvage operation. Instead, traffic was diverted to a shoulder of the highway to continue northbound unaffected.
By 7am the crash site was cleared, and traffic was flowing normally.
It was a fortunate outcome given the track record for this stretch of the Pacific Highway.
Last month a woman was killed just north of Halfway Creek when her vehicle collided with another car travelling in the opposite direction.
In August, emergency workers responded to a single-vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway near Luthers Rd, Halfway Creek. The male driver suffered a broken leg.