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Detectives investigating a fatal accident between two trucks on a north coast section of the Pacific Highway in the early hours of Saturday (September 3) allege the surviving driver was in a stolen vehicle with stolen number plates and carrying stolen goods.

A 58-year-old man driving a semi-trailer was killed in the crash at Halfway Creek around 6.30am

Police investigating the accident say the other vehicle, a Toyota/Isuzu pantec truck driven by a 42-year-old Surfers Paradise man, was stolen, bore stolen licence plates and was carrying a large quantity of stolen power tools.

On Sunday (September 4), the pantec driver was placed under arrest at Coffs Harbour Health Campus after coming out of surgery, and held under police guard.

Police will allege that he is currently on bail on condition he does not drive a motor vehicle.

The man has now been charged with theft of the vehicle and number plates, theft of power tools and a bicycle, goods in custody and breach of bail.

He has been bail refused by police and is expected to appear in a bedside bail hearing before a Magistrate at Coffs Harbour Health Campus today (Monday, September 5).


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