Fiery crash involving truck at Singleton | photo, video

This story first appeared on the Singleton Argus.

UPDATE: Thursday, 8am:

A man has been charged following the fiery truck crash at Singleton on Wednesday,

A critical incident investigation is underway after an alleged stolen semi-trailer crashed and caught fire in George Street, injuring eight people, just before 9am yesterday.

The driver of the alleged stolen truck, a 29-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and after hospital treatment for minor injuries and mandatory blood and urine testing, was taken to Singleton Police Station.

The man was charged with steal motor vehicle, police pursuit – not stop, use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, assault officer in execution of duty, resist officer, and malicious damage.

He was refused bail to appear at Singleton Local Court today.

A critical incident team from Port Stephens Local Area Command is now investigating all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

UPDATE: 10.30am:

A critical incident investigation has been launched following a truck crash at Singleton.

Just before 7.30am today police responded to reports of a semi-trailer stolen from a service station at Murrurundi in the Hunter Valley.

It’s understood the truck was on its way to Tamworth when the incident occurred.

Police said the truck was allegedly seen driving erratically south along the New England Highway, through Muswellbrook and towards Singleton.

A pursuit was not initiated.

As the truck approached Singleton, officers deployed road spikes in order to stop the vehicle.

The truck continued into George Street, Singleton, where it caught fire after crashing into several vehicles and buildings, injuring a number of people.

A man in a vehicle was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the alleged stolen truck was arrested at the scene and is currently assisting police with inquiries.

A critical incident team from Port Stephens Local Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident including the deployment of road spikes.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.