Traffic banked up on the Pacific Highway after a fatal accident on Monday morning.
Traffic banked up on the Pacific Highway after a fatal accident on Monday morning.

Man killed crossing Pacific Hwy

TWEED police opened the southbound lanes of the Pacific Hwy four hours after a man was killed when he collided with a truck.

Acting Inspector Jason Dowds said the pedestrian collided with the truck about 9.50am.

"It appeared the male person moved in front of the prime mover," Insp Dowds said.

Insp Dowds said police were still investigating the circumstances that led to the collision and interviewing witnesses.

Tweed Rescue was assisting police at the scene.

The driver of the truck was taken to Tweed Hospital for assessment after pulling up his truck about 100 metres past the point of impact.

A witness to the accident said the man appeared to be trying to cross the southbound lanes to get back to his car, which was parked on the left hand side of the highway, several hundred metres from the Murwillumbah exit.

Traffic was being diverted along Tweed Valley Way with B-doubles being allowed past the accident scene because the detour was inadequate for the trucks.

Anyone who witnesses the collision should contact Tweed Police on 07 5536 0999.

 

EARLIER REPORT:

A MAN was killed trying to cross the Pacific Highway at Chinderah this morning.

A witness to the accident said the man appeared to be trying to cross the southbound lanes to get back to his car, which was parked on the left hand side of the highway, several hundred metres south of the Murwillumbah exit.

The man stepped out in front of a truck and the vehicle was unable to avoid hitting the man.

Police have diverted all southbound traffic on the Pacific Highway, directing it on to Tweed Valley Way.

Emergency services remain on the scene.

A Police spokesman said the diversion was not appropriate for B-double vehicles and they were being parked on the Pacific Highway.

B-double drivers were encouraged to use the New England Highway as an alternative route.

Updates to come.



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