Lucky escape: semi-trailer runs off Great Western Highway after accident - Photos

FIVE men performing landscaping duties in Learmonth Park, along the Great Western Highway, were left shaken on Monday after a dramatic three-vehicle accident occurred just metres from them.

Just before midday a Ron Finemore semi-trailer was travelling west along the highway when it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a smaller truck and a van before breaking through a fence and coming to a stop in Learmonth Park.

While the three male drivers escaped with minor injuries, Glenray Industries supervisor Glenn Urza said he feared for his life when he saw the huge semi-trailer barrelling towards him.

He was operating a ride-on lawnmower in the park when he turned around and saw the huge truck heading his way.

"As I spun around on the mower I saw the truck heading for the tree," he said.

The truck came to rest just 15 metres from where he was mowing the grass and he was still in shock following the accident.

Mr Urza said he never heard the semi-trailer smash into two other vehicles before it stopped just metres from him due to the industrial ear muffs he was wearing to block out the sound of the mower.

"I can't stop shaking ... I feel pretty lucky," he said.

Chifley Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Andrew Spliet said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

"The truck was travelling west near Stockland Drive and somehow he's ended up on the wrong side of the road," he said.

"The truck is being examined for faults by heavy vehicle examiners."

Paramedics treated the three drivers, with the two truck drivers transported to Bathurst Hospital

The highway was closed on-and-off between 11.45am and 3pm as crews worked to remove the damaged vehicles clear the road and verges of debris.

Inspector Spliet said no charges have been laid and officers are yet to determine the cause of the accident.

Late yesterday the two men remained in Bathurst Hospital in a stable condition.

If you witnessed the accident call Bathurst Police on 6332 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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