Date PostedDecember 20, 2013

Truck Crash in Sydney Motorway Tunnel

A truck crash has caused significant damage and long delays on the Sydney motorway tunnel recently after its front section crashed into the roof of the tunnel.

Although there were no injuries reported, all city bound lanes of the N5 tunnels were closed. Workers removed and the vehicle and cleared the road of any debris before traffic resumed.

Other truck companies and operators should learn from this example which is likely to be extremely costly for the company involved. According to the New South Wales Roads Minister, Duncan Gay the trucking company responsible must pay for the damage done to the tunnel.

The owner of the company has defended the actions of his driver which directly led to the damage to the tunnel. Many in the industry have been critical of how the accident occurred. The accident brought traffic in Sydney to a standstill and caused massive delays and inconvenience.

The accident happened when the truck’s open tray damaged the ceiling of the M5 East Motorway Tunnel.

An article on http://smh.drive.com.au explained more about the accident and the company’s defence of the driver’s actions:

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The director of Engra Haulage, the truck company involved, told police the driver had accidentally hit the switches that control the tipper while trying to pick up his glasses.

But NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay cast doubt over this explanation, questioning how the two-stage process of powering the tipper could possibly be activated without the driver’s knowledge.

On Friday, Eric Flammia, Engra’s director, reiterated his defence, claiming the driver accidentally “hit the toggle switches at the same time” when he was trying to change his prescription sunglasses to normal driving glasses.

Source: http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/more-questions-over-m5-truck-crash-20131115-2xlze.html

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The director also explained that a computer tracking device installed in the truck showed that the Power Take Off (PTO) switch, the first one needed to raise the tray was hit at 7:54 while the truck was travelling around 30km/h.

He went on to explain:

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“One would imagine he’d be grabbing his clear glasses first, then swapping them straight away ’cause you don’t want to be driving blind,” Mr Flammia said.

“So he’s probably dropped his clear glasses and still had his sunglasses on or something like that.”

Source: http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/more-questions-over-m5-truck-crash-20131115-2xlze.html

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Source: http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/more-questions-over-m5-truck-crash-20131115-2xlze.html

The picture depicts the damage done to the Sydney M5 tunnel.

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This incident highlights just how important the actions of the driver are and how split second decisions can have serious consequences. It was lucky in this incident that no one was injured or killed but there are crashes which happen each day which do claim lives.

It is for this reason that the government has mandated Chain of Responsibility Training to ensure that drivers as well as all others involved in the road transport chain are aware of their safety responsibilities.

The chain of responsibility training can be completed online will minimal fuss and inconvenience and is compulsory for members of the transport chain.

Visit our homepage for more information or to register.

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