Trucker in hospital after smash
A 46-year-old man escaped serious injury after police believe he fell asleep at the wheel of his truck in on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah.
Tweed Heads Hazmat Section deputy captain George Sutherland said the man was lucky to be alive.
“It was not a good way to start Australia Day,” Mr Sutherland said.
Police said the accident happened shortly after 1am.
Senior Constable Meredith Green of Tweed Police said the Mitsubishi Canter slid for 17 metres before colliding with a median strip.
Hazmat, police, fire brigade and ambulances arrived at the scene at Chinderah and found spilled diesel fuel.
The man left Sydney on Tuesday and stopped for a sleep and a coffee in Woodburn, Constable Green said.
The truck was travelling 110 kilometres per hour before the accident which caused the truck to land on its right side.
Soon after the accident the man was rushed to the Tweed Hospital suffering from chest pain.
Also travelling in the truck was the man's dog, a staffy-cattle dog cross named Jed.
“The dog is still missing,” Constable Green said. Police have urged people to contact Tweed Heads police station if they find the animal.