Traffic delays as injured driver airlifted from semi-trailer accident in NSW

An accident involving a semi-trailer rolling over on a New South Wales highway at Mount Seaview has caused major traffic delays.

The driver was trapped inside the vehicle with injuries and needed to be airlifted to the hospital.

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The semi-trailer was traveling down Oxley Highway between Walcha and Yarras, 95km west of Port Macquarie, when the incident occurred around 5.10am on Tuesday.

The sole occupant of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, was found trapped with leg injuries when emergency services arrived.

NSW Ambulance Inspector James Wood said: “This was a fairly serious accident with the truck rolling, hitting a tree and the driver becoming trapped.”

“Paramedics administered pain relief and worked alongside the SES and RFS to safely extricate him from the vehicle before he was airlifted by the Westpac Helicopter.”

A driver was found trapped and injured inside a rolled semi-trailer and airlifted to hospital on Tuesday. Credit: NSW Ambulance

He was delivered to Tamworth Hospital in a stable condition.

“This patient is incredibly lucky to be alive. Too often we get called to incidents like this and we have a more tragic outcome. Please take care on our roads, especially at this time of year,” Wood said.

Traffic was affected in both directions on the highway, with Live Traffic NSW advising motorists to expect delays and intermittent closures of up to 30 minutes during vehicle recovery.

Emergency services, Transport for NSW vehicles, a heavy vehicle tow truck, and a crane attended the scene.

Live Traffic NSW also warned that motorists should allow extra travel time and that road closure lines provided by Google Maps may not be up to date.

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