78-YEAR-OLD MAN DIES IN HUNTER VALLEY CRASH

A man has died when the car he was driving collided with a truck, on the New England Highway near Muswellbrook.

Emergency services were called to the scene near the intersection of Sandy Creek Road at around 10:30 this morning, after reports a Mazda had collided with a horse transport truck.

The driver of the sedan, a 78-year-old man, died at the scene, while the truck driver was uninjured.

A horse sustained a minor injury.

The New England Highway was blocked in both directions for several hours, but has since reopened.

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