The scene of a serious crash between two trucks on the Pacific Highway at Halfway Creek. Traffic is blocked in both directions.
The scene of a serious crash between two trucks on the Pacific Highway at Halfway Creek. Traffic is blocked in both directions. Caitlan Charles

Driver in fatal crash charged over stolen truck, goods

A MAN involved in a fatal truck crash at Halfway Creek on the weekend has been charged with a number of serious property offences after it was discovered he was driving a stolen truck.

The crash, which happened on the Pacific Highway about 6.30am on Saturday, claimed the life of a 58-year-old man from the Northern NSW town of Dungay after the semi-trailer he was driving collided with the four-and-a-half tonne truck on a straight stretch of road.

The man's semi-trailer then swerved into oncoming traffic and ran down a 30m embankment. He died at the scene.

The circumstances around the cause of the crash are being investigated by the Crash Investigation Unit.

Coffs/Clarence detectives also confirmed on Saturday that a separate investigation was being conducted into the contents of the Toyota/Isuzu truck involved.

Yesterday, the 42-year-old truck driver was placed under arrest at Coffs Harbour Health Campus after coming out of surgery, and placed under police guard.

The man, from Surfers Paradise in Queensland, has then assisted police with their investigations.

Police will allege he is currently on bail not to drive a motor vehicle, and that the property in the truck and the truck are stolen, with the truck displaying stolen registration plates.

The man was now been charged over the theft of the vehicle, numberplates, a large quantity of power tools found inside the vehicle worth about $25,000, and a bicycle valued at $6000.

He has also been charged with displaying the incorrect number plates on a vehicle, goods in custody and a breach of bail.

The man has been bail refused by police and is expected to appear in a bedside bail hearing before a Magistrate at Coffs Harbour Health Campus today.



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