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WITNESSES to a horrific accident on Sydney’s northern beaches have praised the actions of the Wagga truck driver who desperately tried to alert drivers to his out-of-control petrol tanker.
Reports suggest the 47-year-old flashed his lights and sounded the horn as though the vehicle’s brakes had failed as it hurtled down the wrong side of Mona Vale Road on Tuesday.
It is also understood he kicked his way through the windscreen and raced to check on the welfare of those involved.
Yesterday the driver remained in a stable condition in Royal North Shore Hospital and, while his identity remains unknown, police have confirmed he lived in Wagga.
The man was employed by Cootes Transport, which said it was co-operating fully with the police investigation.
The Roads and Maritime Service have since moved to inspect more than 80 fleet vehicles from Cootes Transport which it says is expected to “inform a decision on whether or not other vehicles in the fleet will be subject to inspections”.
Police have urged any further witnesses to the tragedy to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.