Emergency services rush to truck crash on Hume Highway, north of Tarcutta

Cattle truck rolled over on the Hume Highway. Picture: Jessica McLaughlin
Cattle truck rolled over on the Hume Highway. Picture: Jessica McLaughlin

Monday at 8:13pm

An ambulance spokesperson has revealed five units were called to the scene to treat the driver of the truck as well as two people in a 4WD towing a caravan.

The two in the 4WD were not injured, but the truck driver was said to be a 54 year old man trapped inside the vehicle.

He was assessed for possible spinal injury at the scene, and was noted to have partial amputation of his ear from the crash as well as complaints of back, pelvis and leg pain. 

The 54 year old was taken to Wagga Base Hospital in a stable condition. 

Monday at 6:30pm

A Local Land Services spokesperson confirmed 23 of the 46 steers were deceased either from the accident or subsequent euthanasia required.

The remainder have been moved to a nearby property and will continue to be reassessed in the coming days to ensure they are recovering well.

Five Local Land Services staff attended the scene. 

Monday at 3pm

A Local Land services spokesperson said there are veterinarians and biosecurity officers on the scene.

No confirmation yet on numbers of dead or injured.

Monday at 2.53pm

A firefighter on scene said it was a B-double cattle truck that rolled over with more than 40 head of stock.

“The vets are addressing animals as we go,” she said. 

“The front trailer and the back trailer still have a full deck on them of cows, they are clearing the top decks now and get in the bottom deck.

“Farmers are lending a hand. There is a lot [of animals] that are already deceased and some will have to be put down.”

Monday at 2.42pm

Horses are on the road to help round up the cattle. 

Live Traffic NSW stated on social media “one lane is now closed in each direction of the Hume Highway due to this crash”.

“Take care as cattle may also be on the highway,” the tweet read. 

Monday at 1.46pm

Emergency services have rushed to the scene of a truck rollover on the Hume Highway, north of Tarcutta.  

Live Traffic NSW stated drivers should take care when travelling in both directions along the Hume Highway due to a motor vehicle accident about four kilometres north of the Sturt Highway.

One southbound lane is closed and motorists are asked to allow extra travel time and exercise caution. 

Transport Accident Report - Australia Wide’s Facebook page is reporting that one person is trapped. 

Fire Rescue NSW, paramedics and police are currently on the scene. The incident occurred about 12pm.

There are reports of cattle on the road. 

More to come. 

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