UPDATED: THREE road workers have been hospitalised after a truck lost control on the M1 Pacific Motorway and smashed into their work site on the Central Coast.
Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, at Kangy Angy, about 3.45am Tuesday. A B-double truck crashed through a work zone setting off a chain of events that would put three people in the hospital.
The B-double collided with a slow-moving Hino truck, causing it to flip onto a second stationary truck that then hit one of the road workers.
The driver of the Hino work truck, a 43-year-old man, suffered serious injuries. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital along with the injured road worker, aged 58. They both remain in a stable condition.
A second female road worker took evasive action and avoided injury. She was taken to Wyong Hospital suffering shock and has since been released.
The B-double caught alight but the driver, a 62-year-old man, was able to free himself, escaping injury. He was taken to Gosford Hospital for observation. He also underwent mandatory testing.
Tuggerah Lakes police established a crime scene and specialist officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit attended to examine the scene.
The southbound lanes of the motorway were closed for several hours, and a contra flow was set up in the northbound lanes.
An investigation is under way and any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam vision is urged to contact crash investigators or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
INITIAL REPORT: TWO road workers have been injured when a truck lost control on the Central Coast, careening into a work site before it burst into flames.
Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1 Pacific Motorway, at Kangy Angy, about 3.45am Tuesday after a semi-trailer crashed through a work zone and hit two stationary vehicles that then hit two work men.
Both men suffered serious injuries and have been taken to hospital for further treatment. One man's condition is considered serious, the other is believed to be stable.
The semi-trailer caught alight, but the driver was able to free himself and escaped injury. He was taken to hospital for mandatory tests.
Nine NSW Fire and Rescue crews, plus a duty commander and teams from the Rural Fire Service were on scene within 15 minutes of the call out. The trucks were well alight on arrival and crews worked from 4am to 5.20am to extinguish the main blaze and a grass fire which had been ignited by the crash. Fire fighters were expected to return to the scene on Tuesday morning to help with salvage operations, which have been deferred until after peak-hour.
The southbound lanes of the M1 remained impacted at 9am with the police crash investigation unit, Transport for NSW and emergency services still at the scene.
Contra flow traffic conditions have been put in place with two southbound lanes and one northbound lane open.
An alternative southbound route via Sparks Road, Pacific Highway, then Wyong Road to rejoin the M1 is also available. This is suitable for all vehicles.
Motorists are strongly advised to delay travel through the area, if possible, or catch a train instead.
UPDATE 10AM: Contra flow has been removed. One of three southbound lanes remains closed. Exercise caution. Allow extra travel time
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