Pensioner dies in horrific fireball following collision with fuel tanker in Australia (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
Send us your pictures, video, news and views by texting DST to 80360 or email us
Pensioner dies in horrific fireball following collision with fuel tanker in Australia
5:20pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A PENSIONER has died in a horrific crash in Australia involving a fuel tanker and four cars.
Peter Wem was one of two men killed when the tanker overturned and exploded into a fireball in North Sydney.
The 73-year-old, originally from Middlesbrough, and his 71-year-old friend are believed to have been trapped in the driver’s side of the car when the tanker blew up.
Rescuers managed to pull their wives free to safety before the explosion during the incident on Tuesday last week.
According to reports in Australia, Mr Wem was driving his Subaru when he collided with the tanker carrying 50,000 litres of fuel, as it hurtled down the wrong side of the road.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, told The Sydney Morning Herald the investigation was a complex one.
''We're looking at a number of things, including mechanical failure [as being the cause],'' Commissioner Hartley said.
''The vehicle was obviously not in control for some reason, either it's the [fault of] the driver, the roadway, or the vehicle itself.
''There's nothing strange about the roadway, that seems to be fine, so that's why we're focusing on the other issues.''
A spokeswoman for the McAleese Group, on behalf of Cootes Transport, which operated the petrol tanker, extended ''most sincere condolences to the families of those impacted by this tragedy''.
Mr Wem, who went to Constantine College, emigrated to Australia with his wife Margaret in the early 1960s, but he did return to Teesside occasionally over the years.
Comments are closed on this article.