Clarence Valley Independent

Fatality causes power outage in Maclean

Emergency services attend the scene of a fatality in River Street, Maclean on Sunday night. A man driving a station wagon travelling west on River Street left the road, hit a parked truck and hit a power pole snapping it in two. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Lynne Mowbray |

A driver who is yet to be formally identified, was killed after the vehicle he was travelling in, left the road and hit a power pole, leaving hundreds without power.

A police media release said that the driver of the vehicle was travelling west along River Street, Maclean at around 6.30pm on Sunday night when it left the road, hit a parked truck then continued 35m and hit a power pole snapping it in two.

The release went on…Electricity to the area was immediately cut.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District arrived on scene within minutes; however, the driver had suffered critical head injuries and died at the scene.

It was a further six hours before the scene could be released to energy providers who worked to replace the pole and power lines.

At this time the driver has not been formally identified; however, it is believed he is a 47-year-old man from the Northern Rivers area.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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