Two truck drivers killed in 'horrendous' dust storm crash

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter

Two truck drivers were killed when their vehicles crashed and caught fire on a South Australian highway in the middle of a massive dust storm.

The 26-year-old Riverland man and 64-year-old Andrews Farm man were driving B-doubles on the Sturt Highway at Truro when they collided about 11.30am on Thursday.

The crash happened amid extreme dust storm conditions. Source: 7 News

CFS crews attended the scene, but sadly both drivers died.

SA Police confirmed the crash happened amid extreme dust storm conditions. A police spokesperson described the scene as “horrendous”.

They said visibility was a likely contributor to the double fatality, and investigators will now determine what caused the crash.

Police have urged anyone who witnessed the crash or who had to take evasive action to avoid a collision themselves, to come forward.

Two truck drivers were killed when their vehicles crashed and caught fire in the middle of a massive dust storm. Source: 9 News

One man commented on Facebook saying he was on the Sturt Highway at the time of the crash. He described driving through “monster wind”.

Police expect the Sturt Highway to remain closed between Truro and Blanchetown until at least midnight, due to extremely hazardous driving conditions and debris from the crash.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and to drive to the conditions.

Elsewhere in Truro on Thursday, thick dust could also be seen blanketing the roads. Source: bamsnaturegirl / Instagrem

The two deaths take the State's road toll to 73. It was 43 at the same time last year.

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