Police have launched an investigation into how a truck’s brakes failed, sending it crashing through a McDonald’s carpark north of Wollongong this morning.
The truck, which was carrying building products, careered through a roundabout and fence before colliding with four cars and a water main, after the driver lost control while descending Mount Ousley.
The truck pinned one of the vehicles against an apartment block. A female driver aged in her 50s was still in the car.
The fast-food restaurant carpark is directly in line with the road coming off the freeway from Sydney.
George Georghallis, who owns a nearby business, said he heard the driver screaming as the truck came through the roundabout “with some speed”.
“He’s come down screaming, telling everyone to get out of the way,” he said.
A woman told the ABC she saw the truck push a white four-wheel drive for several metres before pinning it to a wall.
A woman was still in her car when the truck pinned it to the wall of an apartment block. (ABC News: Nick McLaren)
“It screeched all the way, dragging the [car] until it hit the units over there,” she said.
The NSW Ambulance Service said the male truck driver, who is aged in his 20s, was transported to Wollongong Hospital with back injuries.
A woman in her 50s suffered head and chest injuries, and an 18-year-old woman suffered neck injuries.
District Inspector Terry Morrow said the crash could have been much worse.
“Approximately 10 years ago I came to a similar situation at this location where a truck had gone through the drive-through and there were a number of people seriously injured,” he said.
“However these people have been very fortunate, they have gotten away with very minor injuries under the circumstances.”