Investigation underway following fatal collision, NSW

An investigation is underway into a collision between a car and truck near Willow Tree in the Upper Hunter region last night.

About 10.10pm (Monday 4 March 2019), police and emergency services responded to reports of a head-on collision between a fully-laden semi-trailer and a BMW on the New England Highway, Willow Tree.

The semi-trailer has then veered across the road and through a railing before bursting into flames and falling onto its side.

The 49-year-old male truck driver has managed to extricate himself from the cabin before the entire truck was destroyed by fire.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to Quirindi Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The male driver – and sole occupant of the BMW – died at the scene. He has yet to be formally identified.

Investigators from Oxley Police District believe the collision was a deliberate act by the BMW driver. A report will be prepared for the information of the NSW Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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