POLICE from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are appealing for public assistance following a truck crash near Kangaroo Valley that left a Victorian man in a critical condition.
Shortly after 8am on Monday, police said a 43-year-old Victorian man was driving an Isuzu flatbed truck east on Moss Vale Road on Barrengarry Mountain, when he lost control and crashed into a rock wall.
The flatbed truck was carrying and towing two caravans.
The passenger’s side of the truck taking the full impact of the crash with a 63-year-old male passenger trapped inside the crumpled cabin for two hours before being released.
Emergency services from the Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee attended the accident about half way up Barrengarry Mountain.
In a delicate operation, rescue crews used hydraulic cutting tools to remove the front of the truck to free the man.
The man suffered serious leg and pelvic injuries and after being released was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.
Moss Vale Road was closed from around 9am until noon, with diversions put in place.
The driver, although suffering shock, was uninjured in the accident but was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital for mandatory blood and alcohol tests.
He then attended the Nowra Police Station to assist officers in their inquiries into the accident.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information is urged to call Nowra Police Station on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.