A Wollongong man was transported to Lithgow Hospital on Tuesday evening after the truck he was driving was involved in a collision with a semi-trailer on the Great Western Highway between Bathurst and Lithgow.
Emergency services were called to the scene near Bonaventure Road at around 2.30pm, with police, ambulance and fire crews all responding to the calls.
NSW Police believe the westbound flatbed side-swiped the oncoming truck, extensively damaging the other vehicle and rupturing the fuel tanks on both vehicles in the process.
The flatbed driver was treated on the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being transported to hospital suffering head injuries, paramedics said the driver of the second vehicle declined treatment.
The 19-year-old driver of the flatbed was reportedly in a stable condition upon arrival at the hospital.
Rural Fire Service officers from Portland, along with a Fire and Rescue NSW crew from Wallerawang and the Lithgow Hazmat Unit were also called to the scene, to undertake the 200-metre long diesel spill.
The highway was reduced to one lane during that period and the clean-up was completed by around 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.
A Rural Fire Service crew from Portland in conjunction with Fire & Rescue NSW Wallerawang and the Lithgow Hazmat Unit were called to undertake the clean-up of a 200-metre long diesel spill. The Highway was reduced to just one lane during this time.
Both vehicles were removed from the scene, and the clean up completed by around 6:30pm tonight.
The 19 year old driver was reportedly in a stable condition upon arrival at the hospital.
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