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Company involved in tanker crash on M1 inspected - Operation Ghost

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 02:35:15 PM

Police have conducted a compliance inspection at a trucking company involved in a tanker crash near Gosford last month.

About 6.15am, on Wednesday 28 June 2017, a B-Double tanker carrying ethanol on route to Queensland, allegedly had its brakes fail before crashing on the M1 at south of Gosford. An disconnected air line between the primemover and trailer is thought to have contributed to this.

The crash caused the tanker to rupture, spilling some of its contents on the road. The incident and recovery operations resulted in significant traffic delays. No one was injured during the incident and no action was taken against the driver.

About 6am this morning (Wednesday 12 July 2017), officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force’s Operation Ghost, comprising of officers from NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol with the assistance of Roads and Maritime Inspectors, conducted an operation at the trucking company involved in the crash.

Officers from Operation Ghost conducted a compliance inspection at the company site on Hanrahan Place, Orange. Further inspections took place at inspection stations in Marulan, and Mt Boyce.

During Operation Ghost, 51 truck and trailers were inspected. The condition of the fleet and operational practices were generally in good order, however, there were some issues found and defect notices issued, including;

- Three electronic speed limiter downloads were conducted, with all three found to be compliant.
- Eight infringements were issued for a range of offences, and
- Loading practices were found to be ineffective, with loose goods falling to the ground upon inspection.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said Joint Traffic Task Force operations are run to save lives of all road users.

“As a result of a crash on the M1 near Gosford last month, officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force inspected a transport company this morning in Orange.

“It was pure luck that no one was injured in the crash, after a tanker’s brakes failed on a major motorway.

“This morning’s operation serves as a reminder to any trucking company, that our officers will respond to any major incident and go over their trucks, their books and processes with a fine-tooth comb.

“We make no apologies for conducting these types of operations in order to make all road users safe from dangerous trucks,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said.