Road rage horror as two drivers ‘stop on the side of a highway to trade blows before both are KILLED when a truck ploughs into them’
- A B-double truck ploughed into two male pedestrians on the NSW north coast
- Emergency crews were called to the crash on the Pacific Highway about 8.10pm
- The truck driver, 35, wasn’t injured and was taken to hospital for blood testing
- It’s believed the two pedestrians were throwing punches before the truck crash
- A witness said the truck driver was ‘hysterical’ after striking the two men
Two drivers who reportedly stopped by the side of a highway to fight were killed when a passing truck ploughed into them both.
The men died on the Pacific Highway, about 5km south of Woodburn in northern New South Wales, at about 8.10pm on Monday.
Daily Mail Australia understands the two men were driving in different vehicles and had pulled over on the side of the highway to confront each other.
The men then got into a physical altercation before a B-double truck heading down the freeway collided with them.
A driver who arrived on the scene moments after the crash said he initially thought someone was having a heart attack.
‘A car was parked in the middle of the road with the hazard lights on and a woman was inside crying hysterically,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said a truck was parked behind the car with its hazard lights on.
A police spokeswoman said the incident is ‘serious’ and said motorists should expect the Pacific Highway to remain closed for most of the night
‘I got out thinking she was upset because she may have got into a minor crash. Then I found out her partner was killed metres away, and he was still under the truck,’ he said.
He said one of the victims was driving a B-double log truck while the other was in a car with his partner.
The 35-year-old truck driver who hit the men wasn’t injured but was ‘hysterical’.
He was taken to Ballina Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Police said it was too early to comment on whether or not the men were brawling prior to being struck.
A crime scene has been established and an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Emergency services were called to the horror crash on the NSW Pacific Highway, about 5km south of Woodburn, about 8.10 on Monday night
A police spokeswoman said the incident is ‘serious’ and said motorists should expect the Pacific Highway to remain closed until Tuesday.
Multiple emergency crews remain on the scene.
‘The salvage operation is expected to take until early Tuesday morning,’ Live Traffic reported.
The Pacific Highway is closed between is closed to traffic between Woodburn and New Italy.
‘Motorists can use an alternative route via the Bruxner Highway and Summerland Way through Casino and Grafton, and should allow extra travel time,’ The Transport Management Centre said.