Truck driver killed in crash near Forbes

TRAGIC CRASH: The Newell Highway was closed into Sunday morning after a fatal crash Saturday night. Picture: FILE
TRAGIC CRASH: The Newell Highway was closed into Sunday morning after a fatal crash Saturday night. Picture: FILE

A man has died following a single-vehicle crash on the Newell Highway south of Forbes.

About 11.40pm on Saturday January 22, emergency services were called following reports a prime mover - towing b-double trailers transporting fruit - had rolled and caught fire after hitting a tree.

Fire and Rescue NSW, together with NSW Rural Fire Service, attended and extinguished the blaze; however, the driver - a 61-year-old man - died at the scene, a police statement issued to media on Sunday night said.

Officers attached to Central West Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

As inquiries continue, anyone who witnessed the crash or who has dashcam footage from the area, is urged to contact police.