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Truck driver to face court over last year’s Fairy Meadow Macca’s crash

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The scene of last year’s truck crash. Photo: Google Streetview

A MAN, who lost control of his truck, ploughing into the car park of a Fairy Meadow fast food outlet, will face court in April.

The driver of a flat-bed truck carrying a load of steel, lost control on Old Mount Ousley Road around 10am on November 5 2018, and drove through a roundabout on the Princes Highway, colliding with a car. After hitting a number of parked cars, the truck has continued into the car park of the McDonald’s restaurant.

The truck then hit a Hyundai, which was propelled the length of the car park.

The 18-year-old female driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries while the female driver of the Hyundai sustained suspected fractures.

Last year’s crash follows a similar incident in December 2006 when a  flatbed truck, overloaded with steel scaffolding, slammed into the fast food restaurant after careering down Mount Ousley Road.

The truck mounted the footpath, smashed through a fence and into two parked cars. One of the parked cars was forced into a third car, which was pushed into the wall of the restaurant, causing it to partially collapse. The truck finally came to a halt, crashing into the drive-through section of the restaurant and another car, injuring 13 people.

After further investigation by Wollongong Highway Patrol into last year’s crash, a 23-year-old Merrylands man was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for the offences of cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle (two counts), drive recklessly/manner dangerous and negligent driving.

The matter is set for mention at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday April 16.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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