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FOUR FIREFIGHTERS HOSPITALISED AFTER TANKER ROLLOVER

Four firefighters have been injured after their tanker rolled while they were battling a blaze on the mid north coast. Crews were working to contain a grass fire at Caparra near Taree last night when the truck rolled down a hill. All four men were taken to hospital. Two of them, aged 54 and 20, have since been discharged. A 62-year-old man is in a stable condition and is expected to be released within the coming days. While a 71-year-old man has been taken into surgery for an injury to his hand. Fire and Rescue NSW has wished the men a speedy recovery.

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TWO WATCH & ACT BUSHFIRES IN NORTH WEST & NORTHERN RIVERS

UPDATE: The fire on Costellos Road, Pinkett near Glen Innes has been downgraded to ADVICE level, RFS say it’s being controlled. BUSHFIRE UPDATE: Two Watch & Act fires are currently burning in the NBN News viewing region: – Costellos Rd, Pinkett to the south-east of Glen Innes. Burning in an easterly direction, isolated rural properties may come under threat over the coming hours. Firefighters supported by aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire and protect isolated rural properties. WATCH AND ACT – Costellos Rd, Pinkett (Glen Innes Severn LGA) – Bush fire burning in the area of Costellos Rd, Pinkett SE of Glen Innes. Burning in E direction towards Pinkett Rd, Ryans Rd & Pinket Showground. Firefighters on scene. https://t.co/1ddzeTXCrN #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/5TtEBv83mo — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) August 15, 2018 – Coraki-Ellangowan Road in the Richmond Valley …

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FIRE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL AT POKOLBIN

A grass fire has been brought under control on Hermitage Road at Pokolbin. Ten crews from NSW RFS and Fire & Rescue attended, as the blaze licked vines along the Casurina Vineyard, as well as two major power lines. Fire investigators are on their way to the scene. A total fire ban remains in place for the Hunter and Central Coast regions until midnight tonight, due to strong winds and dangerous conditions. Firefighters have contained the fire burning along Hermitage Road at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. #nswrfs — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) August 15, 2018 (NO VISION)

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ALLEGED DRUG DRIVER CRASHES B-DOUBLE NEAR GRAFTON

The driver of a B-double truck that crashed on the outskirts of Grafton overnight has been charged with drug driving. Around 8pm, emergency services were called to the Summerland Way at Carrs Creek, after the northbound heavy vehicle rolled onto its side and slid about 100m into a fence. The driver, a 43-year-old man from Concord, escaped without injury but the truck and its paper load, was extensively damaged. The driver returned a negative roadside breath test, but a drug test returned a positive result for methamphetamine. Officers searched the truck cabin and seized an ice pipe, during a further search officers seized 11 clear, re-sealable bags containing a crystal substance alleged to be ice. The man was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, supply a prohibited drug, and …

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JOEY CHAMPNESS BREAKS FOOT AT TRAINING

A major blow for the Newcastle Jets, with Joey Champness sidelined for up to 10 weeks, after fracturing his foot today at training. Champness was set to fill the void left by the suspended Roy O’Donovan, but he’ll now be racing the clock to be fit for Newcastle’s season-opener in late October. The 21-year-old was also set to take part in Graham Arnold’s first Olyroos camp next week.

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