Police say two truck drivers are fortunate to stroll with solely minor accidents after a crash that prompted two vans to flip.

Simply earlier than 5am, emergency paramedics and firefighters rushed to the Outdated Hume Freeway at Yerrinbool, in NSW’s Southern Highlands, following stories two vans had clipped one another and rolled.

Crews discovered one truck effectively alight with “corrosive materials”.

a person riding on top of a mountain road: The crash shut down all northbound lanes on the Old Hume Highway.

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The crash shut down all northbound lanes on the Outdated Hume Freeway.


One driver, Ken Donohoe, crawled out of the smashed windscreen of his engulfed truck.

The 61-year-old was helped by different drivers who had been stopped by the hundred-metre-tall flames.

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a view of a mountain: Fire crews worked extensively to extinguish what was described as a

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Fireplace crews labored extensively to extinguish what was described as a

“They discovered him crawling out of the windscreen. We put him on a gate that was on the street from the truck and simply carried him out,” witness Liam Brogan instructed 9News.

Rocco Ramana, the motive force of the opposite truck sustained minor cuts and each had been taken to hospital as a precaution and for necessary testing.

Police have confirmed that the crash occurred after one of many truck’s trailers rolled, doubtlessly as a consequence of a load not being correctly secured.

“One of many heavy autos was carrying a scorching street combine that spilled over the roadway,” NSW Police spokesman John Klepczarek instructed 9News.

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The driving force of the second truck, a chief mover, didn’t see the rolled trailer and swerved to keep away from a crash, however clipped the particles and rolled.

The primary truck driver, together with a witness, then rushed to avoid wasting the motive force from the wreckage by kicking within the windscreen and dragging him out.


One of the trucks was well alight shortly after the crash.

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One of many vans was effectively alight shortly after the crash.

A spokesperson from the Transport Administration Centre mentioned diversions are in place as crews work to clear the particles from the crash.

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“The Hume Motorway stays closed northbound at Yerrinbool as a consequence of a crash involving two vans simply previous Sierra Avenue,” the TMC spokesperson mentioned.

“Mild autos travelling north and heavy automobile mixtures as much as 19m lengthy and below 4.1m excessive can divert by way of the Outdated Hume Freeway by way of Alpine.

“B-Doubles over 19m in size are being parked nonetheless they need to keep away from the world and think about using another relaxation space to park.”

As a consequence of the big quantity of particles, and the complexity of the clear up the motorway remained closed for all the day.


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