A fatal truck crash on the Pacific Highway south of the Ross Lane exit.
A fatal truck crash on the Pacific Highway south of the Ross Lane exit. Patrick Gorbunovs

Cause of fatal crash could be medical issue

A MEDICAL condition is the possible cause of a fatal truck crash on the Pacific Highway at Tintenbar.

A 62-year-old father and husband from the Brisbane suburb of Carina was killed in the crash after he lost control of the Peter Tippett Haulage prime mover towing an excavator; he was driving just before 3.30pm on Monday.

No other vehicles were involved.

The crash closed northbound lanes of the highway for more than seven hours, with traffic being diverted through Ballina and back to the highway via Tamarind Drive.

The highway reopened to northbound traffic just after 10pm.

A Newcastle Fire Communications spokesman said the Goonellabah Hazmat unit was called to the scene to clean up more than 200 litres of spilt diesel.

"The fuel was prevented from entering nearby waterways," the spokesman said.

A spokeswoman from the Environment Protection Authority said the authority was not required to help in the clean-up.

Peter Tippett Haulage management expressed condolences to the man's family and friends.

"The cause of the crash was possibly a medical condition, but we are waiting for that to be ascertained," Peter Tippett Haulage management said.


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