Two trucks and a car were involved in a frightening collision that careered into roadworks at Mona Vale yesterday.

Just after 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 27 April), emergency services responded to reports of a multi vehicle crash at the infamous ‘truck stop’ roundabout at the bottom of the hill at Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale, near Samuel Street.

Mona Vale Road truck collision

Multiple deaths have been recorded over the years as a result of trucks unable to stop at the end of the steep descent down Mona Vale Road.

On 05 June 1998, an out of control tip-truck collided with a car, killing the 48-year-old male driver Silverio Garcia, before slamming into a house on the corner of Emma Street, instantly killing 13-year-old Nicole Everson and badly injuring her 11-year-old sister.

On 01 October 2013, a petrol tanker careered through the intersection, rolled and exploded in the same location, killing two people, a 71-year-old man from Mona Vale and a man in his 60s from Western Australia, and injuring five others.

Mona Vale Road truck collision

The cause of yesterday’s incident is not yet known, but one of the trucks appears to have lost control and collided with at least one other car, a station wagon, before hitting the second truck.

The second truck was pushed over a concrete road barrier and into roadworks, ploughing into a large mound of soil, and narrowly missing workers who were operating heavy machinery.

Mona Vale Road truck collision

When officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command and firefighters from Mona Vale and Narrabeen Stations arrived, they found both truck drivers had sustained injuries, with one still in his vehicle.

With leaking fluids and fuel, firefighters set up fire protection and worked to turn off the engine of one of the trucks, which was still running and posed an ignition risk.

Police worked to minimise the traffic impact, but extensive delays were inevitable given the location and time of the incident, with queues stretching back to Ingleside. All eastbound lanes of Mona Vale Road were closed and diversions were put in place.

Mona Vale Road truck collision

NSW Ambulance, including Intensive Care Paramedics, a Special Operations Paramedic and NSW Ambulance Inspector Ronnie Mawhinney, responded to the incident scene.

The CareFlight Rescue Helicopter was also tasked from Westmead, landing in a park nearby just before 5.00pm. Police conveyed the critical care team to the incident scene, bringing with them an ultrasound they used to examine the truck drivers’ injuries.

Mona Vale Road truck collision

Paramedics assessed both truck drivers at the scene, a 37-year-old man complaining of chest pain, and a 70-year-old man whose truck had mounted the concrete road barrier and had suffered a loss of consciousness.

Once the men were assessed and stabilised, and it was determined they did not require helicopter evacuation, they were loaded into two waiting NSW Ambulance vehicles and taken by road to Royal North Shore Hospital, both in a stable condition.

The 41-year-old female driver of the station wagon involved in the collision insisted she was unharmed and did not require ambulance assistance.

Mona Vale Road truck collision

A heavy vehicle tow truck was required to remove the vehicles from the roadway. All lanes of Mona Vale Road were reopened by 8.30pm, and traffic conditions returned to normal.

A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and have asked that anyone with information contact Dee Why Police Station on 02 9971 3399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and quote reference E93538272.

Police are particularly interested in dashcam footage from the area at the time of the crash.

Images: Stu Cameron, Northern Beaches Advocate

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NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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