Truck driver charged after fatal crash near Forbes

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A 42-year-old truck driver has been charged following a fatal collision on the Newell Highway on Wednesday morning.

Emergency services responded just after 6am to reports a B-double and a Toyota Avalon sedan had collided on the highway approximately 25km south of Forbes, NSW.

Officers from Central West Police District attended along with NSW Fire and Rescue, RFS and NSW Ambulance.

The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota, a 64-year-old man, died at the scene, a police media statement said.

The truck driver, a 42-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Forbes Hospital for mandatory testing.

A crime scene was established, and the Crash Investigation Unit attended and have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident which closed the Newell for several hours.

Upon his release from hospital, the truck driver was arrested and taken to Forbes Police Station, where he was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was given conditional bail to appear at Forbes Local Court on Tuesday, October 19.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has dashcam vision, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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