Driver remains critical after Katoomba crash, NSW

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital after a crash which closed the Great Western Highway at Katoomba for more than seven hours overnight, NSW Police say.

Just after 11.30pm (Saturday 22 September 2018), police were called to the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Explorers Road, after a semi-trailer travelling east, and a car travelling west, collided in the eastbound lane. The semitrailer then caught fire.

The highway was closed for more than seven hours as a major emergency and salvage operation was undertaken.

The driver of the car, a 35-year-old man from Orange, was trapped for more than 90 minutes before being airlifted to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. He is the holder of a provisional licence.

The driver of the semi-trailer, a 34-year-old man from Dubbo, was taken to Katoomba Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and underwent mandatory testing.

Officers from the Blue Mountains Police Area Command are continuing inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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