A king tide is hindering the effort to pull this b-double from the river at Macksville.
A king tide is hindering the effort to pull this b-double from the river at Macksville. Frank Redward

Truck driver's lucky escape

A TRUCK driver has had a lucky escape pulled out of his submerged cab by a passer-by after his truck crashed into the river at Macksville. 

Police said the accident happened at 3.30am when the truck crossed to the incorrect side of the road on the northern entrance to Macksville and left the roadway and careered into the Nambucca River.

Nambucca Heads Highway Patrol Sergeant Jarrod Langan said a passing motorist driver into the water to rescue the trapped driver.

"The passer-by has reached the truck and assisted the driver from the cabin of the truck which by that staged was submerged," Srgt Langan said.

"A very fortunate outcome to an accident which is a mirror image to another truck crash that happened on the same side of the Macksville Bridge two months ago and saw the truck crash into a toilet block.

The truck driver, a Queensland man, 63, was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital with 'non life threatening' minor injuries.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews remain on scene it what is proving a difficult salvage, due to a king tide, floodwater in the river, leaking oil and diesel and a cargo of 19-tonnes of frozen chickens.

It's thought the salvage to occur later today may involve a crane and other heavy vehicles and will led to delays on the Pacifc Highway either side of the Macksville Bridge.

The spectacular crash was the second truck accident in the space of 15 minutes on the Coffs Coast.

A b-double jack-knifed in driving rain on the highway south of Urunga, near the Ranger Rd intersection at 2.45am.  

Police said it appears the 47-year-old driver lost control and the prime mover and trailer jack-knifed on the western side of the highway.

That crash also led to lengthy delays for highway traffic, fortunately the driver was also uninjured.  



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