Rubbish strewn across highway after Collombatti truck crash

THE FEMALE driver of a B double truck which rolled on the Pacific Highway near Collombatti on Friday night has been arrested.

At about 11pm, a prime mover with two tipper trailers was heading north at a speed of 100kph when the B trailer detached and rolled, spilling the contents - builders' waste - across the highway.

Police responded, and spoke with the 45-year-old female driver who returned a negative breath test. However, she failed a sobriety test, and a search of the truck's cabin allegedly revealed drug paraphernalia, along with a small amount of prohibited drugs.

Police will also allege an inspection of the driver's Heavy Vehicle Work Diary showed she was in excess of her driving hours.

The woman was arrested and taken to Kempsey Hospital for the purpose of supplying a blood and urine sample. She was then taken to Kempsey Police Station where she was interviewed and released pending further inquiries in relation to the fatigue offences, analysis of the prohibited drugs recovered, and the blood/urine sample.

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The woman was also issued with a "prohibition to drive".

Officers from Traffic Management Centre managed the traffic flow, and a heavy vehicle recovery company was engaged to recover the trailer and load of rubbish waste.

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