Truck crash blocks highway at Chinderah

Truck crash on the Hwy on the Chinderah turn off.
Truck crash on the Hwy on the Chinderah turn off. John Gass

Updated report, 9.49am: ABOUT 800L of diesel spilled onto the M1 at Chinderah last night after a truck rolled. This morning traffic was moving slowly as one lane was closed on the highway.

"The rescue squad was activated at 2.20am," Tweed District Rescue Squad member Jamie Stoddart said

."The truck had rolled over on the M1 highway one kilometre south of Barneys Point Bridge. Tweed fire and rescue Senior firefighter Steve Purcell said that the driver survived the crash, but was transported to hospital.

"There was no sign of fire," he said.

Mr Purcell said that the truck had 37 tonne of paper on board, which increased the risk of a fire. Firefighters at the scene isolated the area and prevented the spill.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Gary Cowan said the truck driver was attempting to overtake another vehicle when he lost control.

"The vehicle slid on its side for 200m, coming to rest on a median strip," he said.  Insp Cowan said the man suffered an unknown neck injury.

Tweed Rescue Squad were on the scene providing lighting and chainsaws to cut away several trees blocking both lanes of the motorway Tweed police are asking any witnesses of the crash to contact police on 1800 333 000.  

Initial report, 8.14am:   A truck crash on the Pacific Highway at the Chinderah BP service centre has closed all but one northbound and one southbound lane of traffic, the NSW Roads and Maritime Service has warned.

The RMS (formerly the RTA) has warned the crash, which happened shortly before 2am, has left a large amount of fuel to be cleaned up and the operation to remove the B-double and its contents, which are currently blocking the road, will be "complex and lengthy".

"Delays may be experienced throughout the morning," the RMS has warned in a statement.

Anyone expecting to be driving through the crash scene should exercise caution and allow additional travel time.

There is no word on what caused the crash or whether anyone was injured in it. However, the RMS's Live Traffic website says there are currently emergency service crews and Roads and Maritime Services officers on the scene.

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