Two truck drivers dead after fiery head-on crash on Picton Road

“There’s an old saying: You go to work in the morning, God willing, you come home of a night,” said Steve Cole, the owner of a trucking company in Sydney’s south.


As a devastated Mr Cole stood surveying the carnage around him on Picton Road in Wilton on Friday morning, he did so with the knowledge that one of his drivers – one of his friends – would never see his young family again.

Mr Cole, who owns Campbelltown City Car Carriers, said his employee, named only as Mick, was one of two truck drivers who died in a horrific head-on crash on Picton Road about 5am on Friday.

Police said it was dark and the road was wet when the two trucks – a car-carrier and a semi-trailer – collided head-on on a bridge several kilometres east of Picton Road’s intersection with the Hume Motorway.

The car-carrier burst into flames, which engulfed the cabin, trapping 39-year-old Mick inside.

Police initially said driver of the car-carrier had “not been found”.

Firefighters extinguished the fierce blaze, allowing police to examine the burnt-out cabin, Inspector Michael Bright, from NSW Police, said.

More than two hours after the crash, police confirmed the body of Mick had been found inside his truck.

“It was quite an intense fire, and it took us a while for the fire to be extinguished, and then it took a while to determine that the male was in the vehicle,” he said.

The driver of the semi-trailer, a 32-year-old man, was thrown from his rig and died at the scene. Remarkably, a kelpie dog that was inside the semi-trailer survived and was being cared for by a veterinarian.

At the crash scene on Friday morning, Mr Cole said the death of Mick, who was married with a young son, had “destroyed all of us”.

“He wasn’t just an employee, he was a friend,” Mr Cole said.

“You could not wish to have a nicer employee, but more so, a friend. Always obliging, always having a laugh and a joke, and he’s going to be sadly missed.

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