Family mourns death of boy

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A Penrith family is mourning the loss of their 11-year-old son following a tragic crash on the NSW North Coast this morning.


Sources have confirmed that the boy, who was sleeping in a house that a truck ploughed into, was holidaying in the region but was from Penrith.


Seven News named the boy as Max McGregor.


Police say they are preparing a report for the information of the Coroner following the death of the boy and another man.


The crash happened when a southbound 2002-model Kenworth prime mover with a B-double trailer, and a utility collided about 5am today on the Pacific Highway, about 27km south of Coffs Harbour.


The truck then ran into a house killing an 11-year-old boy from Penrith, who was asleep in the bedroom.


The boy’s parents and his brother, and two people from the house next door, escaped with shock and minor injuries. They’ve been taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital.


The driver of the truck, a 51-year-old man from Queensland, and his male passenger, were also taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital. The truck was loaded with bananas.


The 38-year-old man from Nambucca Heads, and only occupant of the 1999-model Holden Commodore utility, died at the scene.


Police from Urunga and Coffs Harbour, NSW Ambulance Paramedics, SES volunteers, NSW Fire and Rescue, and officers from the Crash Investigation Unit responded to the incident.


The Nine Network reported that local residents had been fighting for years to get the section of road where the accident happened upgraded.

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