7.30pm: A man has died in a crash on Mount Ousley Road, after his car collided with a truck that was parked on the roadside.
The man was at the wheel of a white Ford Falcon that rounded a bend northbound, about 12kms from Wollongong, before colliding with the back driver’s side of the Pantech.
Police Chief Inspector Paul Allman said the truck driver, who had a passenger on board, had pulled to the roadside not long before impact.
“They were having some engine problems, so they pulled over just to check the truck,” he said.
“They had their hazard lights on … It looks like the [Ford] driver has lost control of that vehicle and collided with the rear end of the stationary truck.”
Police have been told the car was in danger of catching fire, post-impact.
The truck driver took the Pantech about 50 metres down the roadway to get away from the blaze.
The truck’s occupants and passers-by tried in vain to save the injured driver.
“They [the truck driver and passenger] are very upset and shaken,” Insp Allman said.
“They tried to render assistance with other members of the public, who commenced CPR until ambulance arrived. They were unable to get him out of the car and unfortunately he wasn’t able to be revived at the scene.”
Forensic investigators are attending the site and are expected to examine both vehicles before preparing a report for the coroner.
The Mercury understands northbound lanes will likely remain closed until at least 9pm.
6.20pm: A man has died after crash involving a car and a truck on the M1 Princes Motorway at Cataract.
Police have been told the car hit the rear of a stationary heavy vehicle about 5.30pm on Thursday.
The male driver of the car died at the scene.
The driver of the truck was uninjured.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman said the car also struck a concrete barrier.
The car caught alight and the fire was extinguished by passersby.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said initial calls to emergency services stated bystanders were conducting CPR on the man.
Three ambulance crews and one helicopter responded to the crash.
Officers from Wollongong Police District will investigate the circumstance surrounding the crash.
All northbound lanes of the motorway remain closed and diversions are in place via Picton Road.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area or drive with caution due to the wet and foggy conditions.
5.50pm: A car is on fire following a serious accident involving a truck and a car on the M1 Princes Motorway at Cataract.
Emergency services were called to the crash – north of the Picton Road exit – about 5.40pm on Thursday.
The motorway has been closed northbound, with motorists being diverted onto Picton Road.
Motorists can consider using Picton Road or Bulli Pass as alternative routes.
Southbound traffic is moving past the accident scene, but is heavy.
Southbound motorists can also consider using Bulli Pass.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
Conditions are hazardous in the area. Visibility on the motorway is poor due to wet weather.