A man was cut free after a truck crash on the Monaro Highway. Photo: Jay Cronan
A truck driver was pinned to his seat by the steering wheel and dash of his truck after a rear-ender on the Monaro Highway this morning.
The man’s truck crashed into the back of another truck and hit a road barrier fence on the highway’s southbound lanes about 8.10am, near the intersection with Isabella Drive in Gilmore .
The collision crushed the front of the truck, leaving a driver aged in his 30s pinned by his legs and abdomen.
He was left with lacerations to his feet and stomach.
Firefighters rushed to the scene, and removed the driver’s side door.
Paramedics stabilised the man, and firefighters cut him free while he was still conscious.
The dash and steering wheel were folded away from the driver using the jaws of life, and he was removed using a rescue longboard.
It took roughly 40 minutes to free the man, who was coherent and speaking with emergency services during the rescue.
He escaped without serious injury, but was taken to The Canberra Hospital for treatment.
The second truck was left with some damage to its rear end, but most of the impact was taken by the front end of the first truck.
A driver aged in his 40s was treated for shock, as well as neck and back soreness, before being taken to hospital for assessment.
Police closed southbound lanes of the highway between Isabella Drive and Johnston Drive through peak hour traffic.