Five hospitalised after truck catches fire following multi vehicle crash

Published: 11 October 2017 Image credit: Tony Pearce


Eight people have been injured, one critically, after an allegedly stolen truck crashed into multiple vehicles and caught alight in NSW's Hunter region.

Paramedics arrived at the shocking scene on George Street just before 9am, assessing eight people and transporting three to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Luke Wiseman said one patient was in a critical condition.

"[There is] one 64-year-old male in a critical condition with head and chest injuries," he said. 

"It seems that the people involved were just going about their usual morning business, having coffee along the main street when this accident happened out of nowhere."

A 62-year-old female suffered pelvic and hip injuries, and was airlifted to John Hunter hospital in a stable condition. 

Another 64-year-old man was transported to hospital by road, suffering from neck, chest and back pain. He is also in a stable condition.

A further two patients were taken to Singleton District Hospital with minor injuries. 

Earlier this morning, at about 7.30am, police responded to reports of a stolen semi-trailer and deployed road spikes as the truck drove towards Singleton, NSW.

The truck was driving erratically as it approached, police said.

It continued onto George Street in Singleton and crashed into several vehicles and buildings.

Police arrested the driver of the alleged stolen truck and he is currently assisting police with inquiries.

Inspector Wiseman said the scene presented a tough challenge to paramedics.

"The scale and the suddenness of the incident and the fact that is has happened in a smaller community means a lot of people are in shock, so it was a challenging scene," he said.

More to come.