Hume highway accident
One person died in the crash on the Hume Highway, near Narellan Road. Photo: Jeff de Pasquale
The truck driver killed in a collision with five cars on the Hume Highway on Tuesday has been identified as a 58-year-old male from Liverpool.
The truck was heading southbound near Campbelltown and was carrying about 30 tonnes of dirt, said Chief Inspector Shane Howard from Campbelltown Police Station. The crash happened near Narellan Road about 2.15pm.
“There was a lot of dirt in the truck. I had to get the bobcat in to clear dirt off the road,” he said.
An overturned car on the Hume Highway near the Narellan Interchange. Photo: Channel Nine
Inspector Howard declined to give the name of the man and the company who owns the truck, as relatives had not yet been informed about the driver's death.
The crash also left 14 people injured, including a one-month-old baby and two-year-old and three-year-old toddlers with minor injuries.
Six of the patients, including the baby were taken to Liverpool Hospital, while the toddlers and five others went to Campbelltown Hospital.
A 55-year-old woman was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition with pelvic, leg and chest
The woman is in a stable condition on Wednesday morning.
One person is still in Liverpool Hospital in a critical but stable condition, said a hospital spokeswoman.
Also among the injured was a 21-year-old male with an ear laceration and sore jaw, a 56-year-old woman with pelvic and abdominal injuries and a 57-year-old woman treated for a sore pelvis and legs.
At one point on Tuesday afternoon, traffic heading north was backed up over 10 kilometres to Brooks Road at Ingleburn, a spokeswoman from the Transport Management Centre said, while southbound traffic stretched back five kilometres to Menangle Road.
Roads were reopened at 10.30pm.
The truck is currently being examined by the Roads and Maritime Services at its heavy-vehicle checking station in Wetherill Park.
The company, Silky Civil was found printed on the side of the truck, said Inspector Phillip Brooks, Operations Manager of the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
“The operator has been asked to bring in the rest of their truck fleet for an inspection,” he said.
The Transport Manager for Silky Civil Parramatta declined to comment.
The RMS and NSW Police are currently undertaking Operation Steel 5 at the checking station, a taskforce targeting load restraint, vehicle standards and speed-limiter tampering.