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Singleton truck crash: Driver of alleged stolen semi-trailer refused bail

12 October 2017

Police have launched a critical incident investigation into the situation.

The semi-trailer hit several cars and a building on the New England Highway at George Street, sparking a blaze and injuring eight people, just before 9:00am on Wednesday.

One of the injured people, a 64-year-old man, is fighting for his life after being trapped in his auto when it was hit by the semi-trailer, which was carrying mushroom compost.

NSW Fire and Rescue says the truck was carrying compost.

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The driver of the alleged stolen truck, identified as 29-year-old Rod Johnson, was arrested at the scene and received hospital treatment for minor injuries.

He was refused bail and is expected before Singleton Local Court today.

A critical incident team from Port Stephens Local Area Command is investigating all circumstances surrounding the incident.

The semi-trailer was allegedly stolen from a service station at Murrurundi, north of Singleton, on Wednesday morning.

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As the truck approached Singleton, officers deployed road spikes to stop the vehicle.

The truck crashed into a building and other vehicles.

One man was trapped in his vehicle when it was hit by the truck this morning (October 11) in Singleton, and is now in a life-threatening condition. A witness told Nine News he saw a plume of black smoke.

Witness Tony Pearce said the truck looked like it was going at least 100 kilometres an hour when it came down the street.

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The woman and child were taken to Singleton Hospital with dehydration and insect bites.

Singleton truck crash: Driver of alleged stolen semi-trailer refused bail