April 5, 2024

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Introduction
A grave accident involving three vehicles on the New England Highway at Wingen, near Scone, NSW, has led to one death and several injuries, prompting a comprehensive investigation by the authorities.

Accident Details
The incident occurred around noon on Thursday when a semi-trailer collided with an SUV towing a caravan, which subsequently impacted a smaller truck. The chain reaction of collisions caused significant disruptions and necessitated a swift emergency response.

Victims and Injuries
Tragically, the driver of the smaller truck, a man in his 40s, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital early Friday. The 63-year-old SUV driver is currently hospitalized in serious condition, while his 60-year-old female passenger is stable. The semi-trailer’s driver, also in his 60s, was treated for shock and underwent mandatory testing at Muswellbrook Hospital.

Ongoing Investigation
Authorities have launched a thorough investigation into the sequence of events leading to this tragic accident. Investigators are piecing together the actions of each driver and the mechanical conditions of the vehicles involved to determine the cause and any contributing factors.

Conclusion
This sorrowful incident on the New England Highway has left the Wingen community and all affected families in mourning. As investigations continue, the focus remains on providing support to the injured and the bereaved while reinforcing the critical importance of road safety, particularly on highways where high-speed travel and heavy vehicles present increased risks.