Date PostedDecember 21, 2013

Truck Crashes into Blue Mountains Home

A semi-trailer has crashed into the front yard of a home in Blue Mountains, narrowly missing a man, woman and child inside the house. The incident is said to have been brought on by heavy rains.

Fortunately there were no injuries or fatalities in the accident but it did cause a lot of havoc. The truck crashed into a power pole, cutting it in half. The truck then continued down the highway before coming to rest in the front yard of a home.

The heavy vehicle ruptured a gas main and resulted in the evacuation of 2 homes in the area. This post from News.com.au explains what happened:

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SEMI-TRAILER has crashed into the front yard of a Blue Mountains home, stopping just metres from the house with a man, woman and child inside.

No one was injured in the accident, but the driver has been taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory blood and urine samples.

The semi-trailer crashed into a power pole on the Great Western Highway, cutting it in half, before continuing down the highway, stopping in the front yard of a home, just metres from the front of the house.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/truck-crashes-into-blue-mountains-yard/story-e6frfku9-1226720586567#ixzz2fBK5XXZB

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In a separate truck accident in the same area, extremely heavy rainfall has led to a truck crash. What has been described as a month’s rainfall in a single day has led to destruction from Bondi to Springwood in the Blue Mountains.

In addition to the truck crash mentioned above another incident took place when a number of pedestrians were lucky to escape uninjured after a shop awning on a shopfront collapsed in Bondi.

Both incidents have been attributed to the heavy rain, Sydney received almost the average September rainfall (69mm) within a 24 hour period.

A post on DailyTelegraph.com.au explained what happened:

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The truck ruptured gas lines in the area, causing the evacuation of two nearby homes. The gas main was clamped and will be repaired later today.

All lanes on the Great Western Highway are open and the semi-trailer will be removed later this morning.

A scornful Mother Nature also made her presence felt in Bondi overnight – bringing down a huge shop awning and large section of brick wall as the city braved a deluge of wind and rain.

The collapse occurred around 9.30pm and caused extensive damage to a cafe on Wairoa Rd and a small red sedan parked nearby.

Nobody was injured in the freak incident, believed to be caused by water that had gathered atop the structure.

“We’ve been taking shifts, a few of the boys had to go back to the station to get warm,” said an Eastern Suburbs policeman on point duty at the collapse site early this morning.

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The trees on the house’s boundary likely played a role in bringing the semi to a stop. Picture: Matthew Sullivan Source: News Limited

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/freakish-amount-of-rain-creates-havoc-from-truck-crash-in-the-blue-mountains-to-a-partial-building-collapse-in-bondi/story-fni0cx12-1226720571146

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Truckies need to ensure that they adopt their driving habits for heavy rainfall if necessary. Lowering speed and keeping both hands on the steering wheel are necessary when driving in very heavy rain. Rain reduces the effectiveness of your headlights, causes poor visibility, and less traction, truckies need to be aware of this.

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