Marathon walkers witness fiery crash only metres away
MARATHON walkers Adam Hegedus and Alexi Piovano were only a couple of hundred metres from the deadly crash between a tanker and a car south of Woodburn yesterday that killed one person.
The two young schoolies on their quest to raise money for Timor L'este started their amazing trek from Bondi over a month ago.
They were only 5km south of Woodburn when they saw smoke.
"We started to see smoke pour across the road and thought it was a bushfire at first," Mr Hegedus said.
They soon realised the cause was from a large tanker that had flipped on the highway.
"(The truck) is on it's side."
Mr Piovano said the truck driver had gotten out alive.
"He had burns on his hand, his ankle and his hip," he said.
"We were actually walking and we were only a couple of hundred metres (from it) thankfully.
"It was right on our path."
The young men said they saw plenty of bush on the side of the road that had caught alight.
"All the side of the railing is on fire and has been twisted and burnt," Mr Hegedus said.
Neither of them were aware that another car had been involved or that a person had died.
Chief inspector Bill McKenna confirmed another motorist came to the aid of the truck driver when the truck first caught fire.
"I don't know whether the bystander sustained some injuries but there was definitely another motorist that did come to the aid of the truck driver and did assist with that driver," he said.
In his appeal for witnesses to come forward Chief Insp. McKenna also asked for anyone with a dash cam in their car, that may have footage pertaining to the accident, to get in touch with Ballina police.