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Police are investigating whether the driver of a truck who died in an accident that blocked the Pacific Highway for hours yesterday had suffered from a heart attack or stroke.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and no-one else was killed or injured.

Police say that around 3.30 yesterday afternoon the truck crashed on a duplicated section of highway at Tintenbar, just south of Ross Lane.

The vehicle first swerved into the median strip and then bounced back into the guardrail on the left-hand side of the road before jack-knifing.

Paramedics found the driver dead at the scene of the accident.

More than 300 litres of diesel fuel leaked onto the road, which, together with the wreckage, left it impassable until around midnight.

The accident continues a horror start to 2014 on north coast roads. It was the 21st crash in the region already this year and 23 people have been killed.


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