Tanker driver badly burnt

CAR: An accident on Industrial Drive, Mayfield.Picture: Peter Stoop

A TRUCK driver who suffered serious burns after his fuel tanker rolled and exploded in a fiery accident at Seaham remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The driver, 23, was in control of a tanker carrying 16,000litres of fuel on board when it left Seaham Road  on Christmas Eve.

Police and firefighters remained at the scene for several hours after the accident sparked a  grass fire and damage to the roadway.

Emergency service crews were also called to an accident on Industrial Drive yesterday evening.

Police said a car left the road and hit a tree near the intersection of Tourle and Maud streets.

There were no injuries.

Highway patrol police remain happy with the behaviour of most motorists across the Hunter during the holiday break, with speeding fines and drink driving statistics down on last year’s figures.

However, the alleged behaviour of a few continue to have senior police scratching their heads.

It includes a man being arrested after being stopped twice in two hours, including once travelling more than 70km/h over the limit while drinking.

The 26-year-old was stopped on Christmas Eve after allegedly being detected travelling at 152km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Coolongolook.

He was issued a fine for travelling more than 45km/h over the limit as well as consuming alcohol while driving and had his licence suspended.

About two hours later, the same man was stopped again at Taree and ordered to face court on charges of driving whilst suspended and disobeying a direction.

There were 54 motorists given speeding fines across the Hunter region on Christmas Eve while four people were charged with drink driving following more than 1100 breath tests.

During the first four days of Operation Safe Arrival, police across the state have conducted 148,945 breath tests (12,099 more than last year) with 231 charges laid (56 fewer than last year).

On Christmas Eve, police caught 717 motorists speeding (down from 856 last year) and issued 993 infringements for other traffic offences (down from 1210).

The NSW road toll remained at one last night following the death of a woman at Brandy Hill near Seaham last Friday.

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