17 June 2022

Truck driver in court over serious Barton Highway crash at roadworks

| Albert McKnight
Barton Highway

A multi-vehicle crash closed the Barton Highway, north of Hall, on 13 April 2022. Photo: Supplied.

A truckie charged over a major crash north of Canberra, which involved five vehicles and caused serious spinal injuries to another driver, has had his case heard in court for the first time.

NSW Police said emergency services were called to Barton Highway at Wallaroo, which is between Hall and Yass, at about 10 am on 13 April 2022.

Police were told a B-double truck was travelling southbound on the highway when it allegedly struck the rear of a stationary Toyota Kluger waiting at roadworks.

They alleged the impact pushed the Kluger into three more vehicles, including an SUV with three children inside.

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The driver of the SUV, a 33-year-old woman, was trapped for some time before she was freed by Fire and Rescue NSW.

She was treated by paramedics for spinal and serious leg injuries before being taken to Canberra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The three other drivers and a passenger were taken to Calvary Hospital in stable conditions for further treatment, while the three children were uninjured.

The truck driver, then-59-year-old David Cameron from Victoria, was also unharmed and the highway was closed for several hours.

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Mr Cameron was arrested, taken to Yass Police Station and charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

He appeared in Yass Local Court on Friday (17 June), where his case was adjourned to 24 August in Goulburn Local Court.

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie said he was excused from attending court in person on the next occasion and his bail was continued.

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