Toll rises after truck crash
by mary warwick and AAP THE State's road toll increased again at the weekend after a fatal accident involving a truck near Tenterfield. A man died in the accident, which closed the New England Highway for more than eight hours on Sunday. The 60-year-old was travelling south on the highway about 11am in a semi-trailer when it tipped over on a right-hand bend and struck two power poles. The man was taken to Tenterfield Hospital, but died a short time later. The highway was closed until 7pm while investigators examined the scene and the wreck was salvaged. A post-mortem examination will be conducted and police will prepare a report for the coroner. Tenterfield's emergency services reacted quickly when the southbound B-double failed to take the bend on the northern approach to town. Nearby residents felt the bump as the vehicle, carrying fresh pork, turned over, wiping out power poles supplying that part of Tenterfield. Police, fire, ambulance and SES services were on the scene moments after the accident as they were conducting exercises nearby. Country Energy personnel temporarily restored power, bypassing the downed poles.