Investigation underway into single-vehicle crash near Taree

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 01:14:38 PM

Police investigating a single-vehicle crash in the state’s north today are appealing for public assistance.

About 6am (Tuesday 31 July 2018), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Rainbow Flat, about 19km south of Taree, following reports a prime mover had crashed down an embankment.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

No one else was injured.

Officers from Manning-Great Lakes Police District are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash and are urging any witnesses to come forward.

Police remind motorists to take heed of the following safety measures to ensure they arrive safely at their destination:

• Plan your route and, if needed, any rest stops along the way

• Drive to traffic conditions, stick to speed limits and state laws

• To avoid fatigue, make sure you get a good night’s sleep or plan to share the driving if you can

• Be aware of signs of fatigue: yawning, excessive blinking, bloodshot eyes. Pull over for a break in a safe place and take a nap – 20 minutes works best

• Have a Plan B if you intend to drink alcohol – don’t get behind the wheel

• Always wear a seat belt. As a driver, it is your responsibility to make sure every passenger in the car is buckled up

• Check your vehicle before driving; including tyre tread and pressure, lights, breaks, engine oil, coolant and power steering fluid

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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