Log truck sits empty after driver killed when road rage brawlers were hit by truck near Woodburn

Truck laden with logs sits empty on a lonely stretch of highway after its driver stopped on the road to trade blows with another motorist before both were killed when a truck ploughed into them

  • A B-double truck ploughed into two male pedestrians on the NSW north coast 
  • Emergency crews were called to the crash on the Pacific Highway about 8.10pm 
  • The truck driver, 35, wasn't injured and was taken to hospital for blood testing 
  • It's believed the two pedestrians were throwing punches before the truck crash 
  • A witness said the truck driver was 'hysterical' after striking the two men  

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A truck loaded with wooden logs sits empty by the side of a lonely stretch of highway after its driver was mowed down beside it.

The man in his 40s had stopped in the middle of the road to confront another motorist and their argument turned into a fistfight.

A passing truck crashed into them as they fought, killing both at the scene on the Pacific Highway in northern NSW about 8.10pm on Monday.

The second victim, a man in his 30s from Grafton, was driving an SUV with his partner in the passenger seat.

Two drivers - one of whom was driving this log truck - who reportedly stopped by the side of a highway to fight were killed when a passing truck ploughed into them both

A passing truck crashed into them as they fought, killing both at the scene on the Pacific Highway in northern NSW

Police are now scouring the scene about 5km south of Woodburn where the truck still sits on Tuesday morning.

Richmond Police Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said the drivers did not pull over and instead stopped in the middle of the road to confront each other.

He said the driver of the truck that hit them changed lanes to pass the stopped vehicles and did not see the pair in the other lane until it was too late.

'He has seen the stationary vehicles but unfortunately didn't see the two males on the road - resulting in their fatal injuries,' he said.

'You can imagine for the officers attending that scene it would best be described as horrific.' 

The log truck was behind the SUV and is believed to have been tailgating the smaller vehicle, leading to the brawl.

Chief Inspector McKenna said drivers should pull over if another vehicle was tailgating them, instead of confronting them.

'Just pull over and contact police - there is nothing worth losing your life over,' he said on Tuesday morning.

Log truck sits empty after driver killed when road rage brawlers were hit by truck near Woodburn

This stretch of the Pacific Highway was closed for most of Tuesday night at emergency services combed through the scene 

Log truck sits empty after driver killed when road rage brawlers were hit by truck near Woodburn

The lonely piece of highway in northern NSW about 5km south of Woodburn

Log truck sits empty after driver killed when road rage brawlers were hit by truck near Woodburn

The driver of this semi-trailer carrying a load of logs is from Smiths Lake, aged in his 40s

A driver who arrived on the scene moments after the crash said he initially thought someone was having a heart attack.

'A car was parked in the middle of the road with the hazard lights on and a woman was inside crying hysterically,' he told the Daily Telegraph. 

The witness, who asked not to be named, said a truck was parked behind the car with its hazard lights flashing.

'I got out thinking she was upset because she may have got into a minor crash.

Then I found out her partner was killed metres away, and he was still under the truck,' he said.

The 35-year-old truck driver who hit the men wasn't injured but was 'hysterical'.

He was taken to Ballina Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. 

Chief Inspector McKenna said police were reviewing dashcam footage of the crash and had the SUV driver's partner as a witness, but appealed for more information. 

A crime scene has been established and an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Log truck sits empty after driver killed when road rage brawlers were hit by truck near Woodburn

Police are now scouring the scene about 5km south of Woodburn

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