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Raid finds truck in M4 crash defective - Joint Traffic Taskforce

Thursday, 06 April 2017 03:01:44 PM

A truck involved in a fatal crash on the M4 at Homebush yesterday was one of many defected during an audit of the company today by officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force.

About 1.40pm (Wednesday 5 April 2017), emergency services were called to the M4, near the Homebush Bay Drive exit, following reports a motorcycle rider and a tipper truck had collided.

The motorcyclist, a 47-year-old woman, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a 42-year-old man, was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Officers from Flemington Local Area Command, with the assistance of Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

As a result of the crash, Joint Traffic Taskforce officers today (Thursday 6 April 2017) conducted a compliance inspection at Wetherill Park Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station of all trucks owned by the tipper truck company.

During the compliance inspection officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Roads and Maritime Service, and the Environment Protection Authority, inspected eight truck and trailer combinations.

Defects were issued on a number of the trucks inspected; including defects for worn tyres, defective brakes, and worn suspension. Officers also issued three infringements to the owner for permitting defectives trucks to be driven.

Police will allege the truck involved in the crash on the M4 was one of the trucks inspected and was issued a major red defect notice for defective brakes.

Superintendent Stuart Smith, of Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said police will continue these types of operations to ensure that all heavy vehicles are safe on our roads.

"This tragic event highlights the risks to everyone on our roads.

"While the investigation into this matter is ongoing, our focus is to ensure that those involved in operating, loading, or driving truck and dog trailers on our roads, are doing so safely.

"In this instance we have inspected a small fleet, finding worn tyres and shock absorbers, faulty brakes, air leaks, and other defects, which is unacceptable."

"This outcome should highlight the need for those involved in various projects throughout NSW, to ensure all of their trucks are safe and fully compliant, and that their drivers are fit to operate them.

“Heavy vehicle companies in this state can be assured of one thing – if your vehicles are involved in a major incident on NSW roads, task force officers will be on your doorstep soon after.

“Every driver, rider, cyclist, and pedestrian need to consider how they use our roads, and make it home safely to their loved ones,” Superintendent Smith said.