Five pedestrians hit in horror truck crash
THE body of a woman who died after being hit by an out-of-control truck remains in rubble at the scene of the carnage in inner Sydney.
The woman was one of five pedestrians hit by the careening B-double vehicle, four of them strewn across the road where they lay eerily quiet in the aftermath of the disaster.
The woman killed in the horrific crash while at a bus stop on a busy Sydney main road was reportedly propelled into an abandoned warehouse and became then trapped in rubble as the building partially collapsed.
At around 7.45am a B-double truck allegedly hit the five commuters on busy Botany Road, Alexandria seriously injuring at least four people and killing one in what NSW Ambulance described as "an absolutely horrific scene".
Superintendent Andrew Holland described the dramatic crash happening when the truck "clipped guttering on the left hand side of lane one, veered across three lanes of traffic, swerved into a power pole knocking the power pole down and careered into a group of pedestrians waiting for a bus".
Five people, including the driver, were seriously injured, and one person died in the warehouse which had been due for demolition near Green Square train station.
Supt Vaughan said the victims were strewn 50 metres across Botany Road.
"The patients were spread over some distance," he said.
"It's also very close to Christmas when we usually get together with loved ones.
"Unfortunately there is one person who can't do that.
"A message for the general public, please take care on the roads leading up to Christmas."
Alexandria: One pedestrian is dead and five others injured after a truck veered off Botany Road. Police are investigating if the truck driver had suffered a medical episode. The crash happened on Botany Road around Johnson Street and near Green Square railway station. #7News pic.twitter.com/dYPivr96mA— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 11, 2018
Eyewitness Younes Chalich, who was working on an adjacent construction site, said he heard a "huge bang" and rushed to the crash site to see a "horrible" scene.
"People were lying on the road. They were very quiet," the 31-year-old builder told news.com.au.
"I didn't want to move them, but comfort people, yeah."
Mr Chalich said a helicopter and ambulances were soon at the crash site.
Speaking after the tragedy, NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Steve Vaughan said the "horrific scene" in the crash aftermath included the truck driver trapped and critically injured with "compressed legs" in the B-double cabin who required "significant intervention" to free.
The driver of the truck, who is believed to have suffered a medical episode before the crash, is in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a serious condition.
Another critically injured pedestrian was taken to St Vincents Hospital and two others with lower back and facial injuries were taken to RPA hospital.
The driver was trapped inside the truck for about 45 minutes before paramedics were able to free him from the wreck.
"He (the driver) was freed and taken to hospital, he may have had a medical episode, but that is yet to be confirmed," Supt Holland told reporters at the scene.
"An investigation will either rule that out or in. He's obviously in shock."
Supt Holland told 2GB the situation "couldn't be much worse".
Police say there is nothing to indicate the incident was terror-related.
A heavy emergency services presence remains at the crash site as police wait for the victim's body to be removed from the rubble.
The road is closed in both directions between Bourke St and Epsom Rd, near Green Square station.
Southbound traffic is being diverted into O'Riordan St and northbound into Collins St, with X93 buses using Epsom Rd.