Wallerawang pile up in fog

Police remind motorists to slow down in fog.A MALE driver and passenger were lucky to escape serious injury after a brutal crash at the intersection of Barton Avenue and the Great Western Highway on Wednesday.

At 8:20am a Nissan Navara travelling east along the Great Western Highway collided heavily with a cement truck travelling west under extremely foggy conditions.

The cement truck was making a right turn at the intersection when the Nissan Navara collided with the turning truck at full speed.

After colliding with the rear side of the cement truck, the Nissan sustained serious damage and slid for 100 metres before coming to a rest in the verge.

The driver of the vehicle was able to free himself from the wreckage relatively unscathed but was unable to assist the passenger who had become trapped in the front seat of the vehicle.

Fortunately, a police patrol car was passing at the time of the accident and was able to raise the alarm.

Lithgow Ambulance, Firebrigade and the Volunteer Rescue Association were immediately dispatched to the scene, with the accident slowing traffic travelling in both directions for over an hour.

The passenger remained conscious throughout the ordeal and lay trapped in the vehicle for around 45 minutes with emergency crews workingto safely remove him.

Once removed from the wreckage, he was placed on a stretcher and immediately taken to a waiting ambulance.

However, due to the dense fog covering the scene the rescue helicopter was unable to land nearby and was forced to set down on a flat two kilometres from the accident near Rydal Road in Wallerawang.

The passenger was then airlifted to Westmead Hospital with a major lacerations and bruises where he remains in a stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle miraculously escaped serious injury and was taken to Lithgow Hospital for observation.

The driver of the cement truck was unharmed with the vehicle sustaining only superficial damage.

Police are continuing inquiries and at this stage no charges have been laid.

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