Woman trapped when car struck by semi-trailer at Taree

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash on the M1 near Taree yesterday.

Emergency services were called to intersection with Pampoolah Road near Purfleet about 2pm (Wednesday 30 November 2022), after a collision involving a VW Golf and a semi-trailer, both travelling south bound.

The car left the motorway and spun onto a barrier before stopping on an embankment, trapping the female passenger.

The woman, aged 67, had to be released from the wreckage by Fire and Rescue NSW and VRA before she, and her 70-year-old husband, were taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

The semi allegedly continued south until stopping about 20km from the crash site at rest stop. The driver of the semi contacted 000 before officers from Manning Great Lakes Police District attend and spoke to the driver.

The driver, a 69-year-old man, was arrested taken to Manning Base Hospital for mandatory testing. He was later released pending further inquiries.

There were no reports of serious injuries.

Significant traffic delays were experienced.

As investigations continue, anyone who may have witnessed the crash and has yet to speak with police, or who may have dashcam vision of the incident, are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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