Out-of-control truck missed cars by metres at notorious Dee Why intersection

Fire crews inspect a truck which was left lying on its side on Warringah Road in Dee Why following an accident. Photo: Supplied A truck lies on its side on Warringah Road in Dee Why following an accident. Photo: Supplied
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Motorists would most likely have been killed or seriously injured if a truck crash at a notorious intersection in Dee Why had occurred just 10 minutes later when more commuters would have been on the road, Warringah councillor Pat Daley says.

Cr Daley was heading south on Pittwater Road and had pulled up at the intersection with Warringah Road about 6.15am on Monday when he heard a loud screech to his right.

The former police officer saw an out-of-control truck, which had just travelled down the steep incline of Warringah Road and turned left into Pittwater Road, roll on to its side with a “very, very loud bang”.

The truck, which was transporting a shipping container filled with 25 tonnes of tiles, crashed about 10 metres from Cr Daley’s vehicle.

“How it didn’t take out traffic that was going south is an absolute miracle,” Cr Daley said.

“We raced back. Our first thoughts were for the driver or people in the cabin. But the driver got out and was all right, amazingly, and had minor injuries.”

He said the truck narrowly avoided hitting any other vehicles on the usually busy road.

“Another 10 minutes later, there would have been more traffic and it would have been banked waiting there [where the crash occurred]. I missed being severely taken out by about 10 metres,” he said.

The truck is registered to transportation company Sydney Port Logistics.

Company director Ignatios Tsiriplis said he was on his way to the crash site and did not know the circumstances of how the truck had crashed.

“All I know is that the driver is OK, and no one has been hurt. That’s all the information I have at the moment,” he said.

The same intersection was the scene of another major crash last year, when an out-of-control truck travelled down the hill on Warringah Road and smashed into eight cars at the intersection before coming to rest on top of a vehicle.

A female police officer in that vehicle was trapped for more than an hour and suffered serious injuries.

A NSW Police spokesman said the circumstances of Monday’s crash were not yet known, but the truck’s container fell onto the road when the truck overturned and a crane would be required to remove it.

The Transport Management Centre said all north-bound lanes and two of four south-bound lanes were closed on Pittwater Road in Dee Why. All lanes re-opened just before 1.30pm on Monday.

Cr Daley said there had been some “horrific” accidents at that intersection, and something clearly needed to be done to make it safer.

He said the council and police had been working with various state government agencies to try to improve it.

“Perhaps more signage [is needed], flashing lights, perhaps restricting truck traffic at certain times of the day,” he said.

“This infamous intersection clearly needs further attention despite our best efforts.” */]]>

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