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AustraliaTruck driver Graham Morrison jailed over Newell Highway crash that killed two boys

12:10  18 september  2019
12:10  18 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Truck driver Graham Morrison jailed over Newell Highway crash that killed two boys© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Taite Van Der Heyden, 12, and his brother Kobi, nine, were killed in the crash. (Supplied)

A Queensland truck driver who killed two boys when he slammed into a family car in central western New South Wales has been jailed for three and a half years.

Graham Morrison, 55, was nearing an 11-hour trip from Brisbane to Dubbo when his semi-trailer crashed into a Nissan four-wheel-drive in the early hours of Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Taite Van Der Heyden, 12, and his brother, Kobi, nine, were sitting in the back seat when the force of the crash sent them flying into the air.

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'Absolute carnage': Two people are killed and eight others, including a two -year-old girl, rushed to Two dead and eight hospitalised after a horror crash in Central West NSW Tragic incident unfolded at about 12.30pm on Tuesday on the Newell Highway

Court hears teenager fled the scene after driving Renault Clio into tree.

They landed in scrubland off the Newell Highway, with their injured father, Jason, finding them several metres from the car.

Their mother, Janette, and four-year-old brother, Scout, survived the accident.

Morrison pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and two counts of causing bodily harm while driving a motor vehicle.

Judge Warwick Hunt struggled to hold back tears when he described how Mr Morrison had shown "pungent remorse" he had never seen before during sentencing at the Downing Centre today.

"I have no doubt he will punish himself for the rest of his life for those poor decisions," he said.

Judge Hunt recognised the "exceptional circumstances" of a case that "has inevitably and will continue to cause considerable loss to those directly affected" and "considerable heartbreak to the offender himself".

The court also heard how Mr Morrison had a clean criminal record, "was not speeding" and was "compliant with his obligations as a heavy vehicle driver" at the time.

Jeanette Van Der Heyden remained composed when the sentence was handed down, while Mr Morrison cried and put his head in his hands when Judge Hunt ended the hearing with some advice.

"I hope you stop punishing yourself … nothing will bring those children back," he said.

Mr Morrison will be eligible for parole in June 2021.

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