UPDATE: Highway remains closed after fatal accident

12.10pm UPDATE: A truck driver has died following an accident on a stretch of the Mitchell Highway 30 kilometres south of Wellington.

A passenger in the truck was taken to Dubbo Base Hospital with facial and rib injuries. Police say it is miraculous the other man survived the accident.

It is understood the driver lost control and ran into an embankment, passed through trees and veered to the right side of the highway before rolling the truck, killing the driver.

The driver’s details have not been positively identified as police investigations continue.

Scientific officers were scouring the highway in the late hours of the morning and police say they are shocked there wasn’t more debris on the road.

The driver and his passenger were taking magazines to Dubbo at the time of the accident.

Highway blocked with alternate routes in place

The highway has been  blocked in both directions with Wellington State Emergency services assisting, stopping traffic on both sides of the Highway.

Traffic has been diverted at Molong down Cumnock Road and traffic south of Molong should divert along Burrendong Way, however heavy vehicles were prevented from travelling along Burrendong Way and are using an alternate route via Parkes.

The highway is expected to be open by late afternoon.

Man killed in truck crash:

A MAN is dead following a heavy vehicle crash south of Wellington this morning. 

Police and emergency services were called to the scene about 4.10am.

They arrived to find a truck laden with magazines on its side; the male driver died at the scene.

Paramadics say a second person was transported to Dubbo Base Hospital with minor to their face and ribs. 

The Mitchell Highway remains blocked in both directions.

Traffic needs to divert at Molong down Cumnock Road; traffic south of Molong should divert along Burrendong Way, however, heavy vehicles cannot travel along Burrendong Way, and will have to use an alternate route via Parkes.

The highway is expected to be blocked for most of the day.

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