Resident used to noise of braking

ANN LOVE ‘cringed' and felt ‘goose bumps' when she heard a truck's screeching breaks and a loud crash on Tuesday night.

Truckie Dennis Ireland, from Newcastle, was driving south on the Bruxner Highway, just out of Lismore, when he lost control of his semi-trailer at the bottom of Parrots Nest Hill.

The truck hit the guard rail and rolled on to its side near the Coraki Road T-junction.

The 39-year-old driver escaped relatively unscathed, but was treated for shock and bruising at the Lismore Base Hospital.

Mrs Love, who lives near the crash site, was the first to call triple-0 after she heard the truck crash about 11.45pm.

“There was a car in front of the truck and the driver came straight here, but I was already on the phone to triple-0,” she said.

“I still cringe every time I hear the noise of brakes screeching on that road. I just get goose bumps.”

This is not the first time Mrs Love has called emergency services for an accident at the same blackspot.

Two months ago she heard a fuel tanker crash and slide down the embankment on to her property, which resulted in the driver being killed.

“Something dreadful is going to happen on that road. There could be an accident with a bus full of kids. It's getting beyond a joke,” she said.

A NSW Fire Brigades spokesman said there was a minor contaminants spill as a result of Tuesday night's truck accident.

“Diesel was leaking from the truck,” he said.

“It was a general goods truck, but it had 1100 litres of diesel and the fuel tank was found to be leaking.

The spokesman said ethanol, medicines and liquid herbicides in ‘very small amounts' had also leaked from the crashed semi.

The driver was travelling to Newcastle through Casino.

The owner of the truck, Mark Griffiths, said his driver knew the road well.

“The driver has done this drive for years, so he knows the road,” he said.

“Judging by the politicians and high-ranking police that were at the site, it's obviously a bad problem road.

“I find it hard to believe he fell asleep at the wheel if he was only 10 minutes out of town where he had a break for half an hour.”

Mr Ireland was released from hospital yesterday.



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