23 November 2023

Teenager dies in horror three-truck crash

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The Sturt Highway reopened early Thursday morning (23 November) following a multi-vehicle crash near Carathool. Photo: Julia Gomina.

A teenage driver has died and another man has suffered serious head and back injuries following a multi-vehicle truck crash on the Sturt Highway near Carathool.

Police said emergency services responded to reports of a crash at Carathool, 50 km East of Hay, at about 2 pm on Wednesday (22 November).

The three trucks were travelling west along the Sturt Highway when they collided.

The teenage driver died at the scene while the other two drivers, believed to be in their 30s, were taken to Griffith Base Hospital.

One driver was ejected from his truck and suffered serious head and back injuries, while another was uninjured and was taken to Griffith Base Hospital to undergo mandatory testing.

Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District established a crime scene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The Sturt Highway was closed in both directions between the towns of Carathool and Darlington Point with local traffic diversions in place.

The highway was reopened in both directions early this morning (23 November), and motorists are advised to exercise care in the area with sand and sawdust debris present and a reduced speed limit in place.

A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

As inquiries continue, anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dashcam vision is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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