WHAT REMAINS: After the collision between a car and a b-double truck yesterday morning at Cowrie Point, the deceased’s silver sedan was crumpled, its rear up on the Armco barrier. Pictures: Grant Wells. GIANT: The truck took up most of the road at Cowrie Point on the Bass Hwy, where The road was slick with foam, water and diesel..
A MILABENA man in his mid twenties is dead after the car he was driving and a b-double truck collided at Cowrie Point yesterday morning.Earlier yesterday Ambulance Tasmania superintendent Paul Templar reported he was critically injured and taken to the North West Regional Hospital, Burnie.Ambulance Tasmania acting supervisor Derek Fisher said the young man, born in 1986, was trapped for at least an hour before crews arrived and extricated him from the car.Mr Fisher said he was taken from the scene by ambulance in a critical condition.Yesterday morning he remained in a critical condition at the North West Regional Hospital, but was confirmed dead in the afternoon.The truck driver, a Burnie man in his late thirties escaped from the cab of the truck before it caught fire, and was destroyed. Mr Fisher said the man was taken to the North West Regional Hospital Burnie for precautionary observations.Yesterday morning he was reported to be in a stable condition, and he was released later in the day.There was no one else in either vehicle at the time.Yesterday morning, accident investigation senior constable Sven Mason said the investigation was in its preliminary stages. However, he said the driver was believed to be travelling home after work, and they were not ruling out fatigue as a factor.”All we know at the moment is prior to 7.30am there was a head-on collision on the Bass Hwy at Cowrie Point between a Toyota Camry Sedan heading East and an unladen … B-double truck heading to Smithton.”At the scene, just down the highway from Port Latta towards Smithton, the silver sedan was crumpled, its rear up on the Armco barrier.The truck’s cab was completely destroyed, and the containers burnt. The truck took up most of the road.At the western end of the scene, a number of trucks queued.The road was slick with foam, water and diesel.Hellyer fire brigade captain Grant Smith was working just up the road at Port Latta when the accident happened. Noticing the smoke, he called another volunteer officer.”We responded before the triple 0 call,” he said.”There was a large amount of smoke coming from the truck.”The first container looks like it exploded at the back.”We opened the door of the second container to release the air pressure build up, and we released the air from the tyres.” It took Hellyer, Smithton and Stanley crews in three trucks about 10-15 minutes to get the fire under control, and half-an-hour before it was completely out. The truck’s fuel tank had also ruptured.”It took a lot of water to cool that metal down,” Mr Smith said.The truck was next to a fence that was less than a metre away from shacks, but only the grass on the side of the road was singed.Traffic was diverted to Loosemores Rd, Mawbanna. The Bass Hwy was blocked for several hours.Ambulance and Fire crews, police, accident investigators, a transport inspector, and Smithton SES all attended the scene.
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