Truck driver charged after fatal crash – Smithfield

A truck driver will appear in court today charged following a fatal multi-vehicle crash in Sydney’s west yesterday.

About 8.30pm (Thursday 15 April 2021), emergency services were called to the intersection of Cumberland Highway and Sturt Street, Smithfield, following reports a truck, van and car had crashed.

Police have been told the driver of the van was standing in front of his vehicle, which was broken-down on the side of the road, when it was struck by the truck, which impacted the man.

The truck continued on and hit a car, before stopping.

The 32-year-old man sustained critical injuries and died at the scene.

A passenger sitting in the van – a 19-year-old man – was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

The 42-year-old truck driver was uninjured in the crash. He was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing.

The male driver of the car and his two passengers were uninjured; however, the driver was also taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers attached to Cumberland Police Area Command established a crime scene, which was examined by investigators from the Crash Investigation Unit.

Following inquiries, the truck driver was arrested at Granville Police Station about 1.20am and charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail to appear before Fairfield Local Court today (Friday 16 April 2021).

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