Safety Audit Finds Issues following Hume Highway Crash

Following the fatal crash on the Hume Highway recently involving a B-Double truck and a utility vehicle, the driver of the truck has appeared in court, facing charges of negligent driving and dangerous driving.

The 63 year truck driver was driving the B-Double truck when it crossed the highway near Berrima in NSW and collided with a Ford Ranger.

The driver of the utility vehicle was seriously injured and the passenger was killed.

The truckie faces charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

The case has been adjourned until 6 December.

Following the incident authorities conducted a safety audit of the company’s fleet and grounded one truck for a major safety issue.

The officers from the police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspected 19 vehicles at the trucking company, as police often do after a serious crash.

A few vehicles had minor defects but one truck was grounded, it was not the truck involved in the crash.

The truck had a loose steering connection on the front of a prime mover.

There were also fatigue and work diary issues discovered and problems with the way the company was storing chemicals.

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