A truck driver is due in court on Saturday charged over a crash at Menangle on Friday in which a child died and four people were seriously injured.
Emergency services were called to the Frank Partridge Rest Area on Hume Highway about 3pm, after a southbound heavy vehicle drove into the car park and struck another truck and three SUVs, injuring five people.
An eight-year-old girl sustained critical injuries and died at the scene, while five people were taken to Liverpool Hospital. These included:
- A 45-year-old woman, from Forster, suffered a fractured hip, leg and head injuries;
- A 46-year-old man, from Glebe, suffered a compound fracture to his right arm;
- A 54-year-old woman, from the ACT, suffered multiple lower limb fractures as well as internal injuries;
- A 55-year-old man, also from the ACT, suffered multiple rib fractures.
All remain in Liverpool Hospital undergoing treatment.
A 45-year-old man, from Kings Park, was also taken to hospital suffering severe shock, but has since been released.
The truck driver was taken to Campbelltown Hospital for mandatory testing before being released and taken to Campbelltown Police Station where he was charged with nine offences including:
- Dangerous driving occasioning death - drive manner dangerous
- Negligent driving occasioning death
- Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm - drive manner dangerous (four counts)
- Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm
- Driver not record prescribed information in written work diary
- Driver not use time zone of drivers base in work diary.
The man, from Moss Vale, has been refused bail to appear via AVL before Parramatta Bail Court today (July 11).
His licence has been suspended.
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