A TRUCK driver has been charged after two people died in an accident on one of Sydney’s busiest motorways on Tuesday afternoon.
Police and emergency services rushed to the M1 Motorway north of Sydney about 4.50pm following reports of a crash involving a truck and two cars.
NSW Police confirmed two men – believed to be aged 19 and 52 – had died but they are yet to be identified.
The truck, travelling northbound near the Mooney Mooney bridge, crashed into the back of the two cars and caught fire, police said.
It’s not clear if the deceased were driving the cars or the truck.
Pictures from the scene show the vehicles sustained significant damage. Firefighters extinguished the flames but it was too late to save the occupants.
“Bystanders had pulled a few occupants out of the vehicle but unfortunately there were two people trapped in one vehicle that were deceased,” NSW Ambulance Service’s Jason Mattson told Channel Nine.
“They were lucky that bystanders were quick-thinking and pulled them out of the cars.”
A 75-year-old woman who was driving a Kia Rio sedan was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.
The remaining four drivers and passengers – a 62-year-old woman, a 44-year-old woman, and two women aged 36 and 34 who were travelling together – were taken to Gosford Hospital for further treatment.
Three of the women were released overnight and one patient, the 44-year-old woman, remains in hospital in a stable condition.
This morning, NSW Police announced that a 30-year-old man faces several charges including two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.
All lanes northbound were closed and authorities warned of extensive delays.
Seven News reports traffic was backed up 9km from the crash site not far from the small waterfront township of Brooklyn.
The M1 north of Sydney is regularly the site of serious crashes. A truck crashed and caught fire in March at Mooney Mooney, causing a 5km traffic jam.
In 2014, a truck driver “made a stupid mistake” by taking his eyes off the road and running into a teenager in a broken down car at Mooney Mooney.
She was killed on impact.
The 30-year-old charged over yesterday’s incident has been granted conditional bail to appear in Gosford Local Court on August 21.
Anyone with information about Tuesday’s incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For traffic updates, visit www.livetraffic.com.