Truck driver flown to Tamworth hospital by Westpac Rescue Helicopter after rollover of Newell Highway near Gurley

MISSION: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter. File photo
MISSION: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter. File photo

A truck driver has been flown to Tamworth hospital after a truck rollover on the Newell Highway on Monday.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and emergency services personnel were called to the scene of the truck accident at 11.30am on Monday, south of Gurley, after initial reports the driver was trapped in the wreckage.

The accident reportedly occurred after a tyre blow-out which caused the truck to roll, trapping the driver.

A spokesperson for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter said the 23-year-old driver managed to get himself out of the wreckage and was treated at the scene by paramedics.


He was taken by ambulance to Moree Airport, where the Westpac Rescue Helicopter critical care medical team stabilised him for suspected head injuries.

He was flown to Tamworth hospital and was in a stable condition.

Police are investigating the crash.

Unit destroyed by fire

The cause of a blaze that destroyed a unit in Moree on Sunday is also being investigate by police.

Just after 10 o'clock on Sunday night, fire crews rushed to the two-storey unit block in Edward Street after a fire broke out.

A spokesperson for Fire and Rescue NSW said residents safely evacuated from the building before firefighters arrived.

Crews managed to stop the fire from spreading from the ground-level but it destroyed the unit.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and then ventilated the building of smoke, the spokesperson said.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated by police.