Charges laid following yesterday's critical incident in George Street

A man has been charged following a critical incident investigation at Singleton.

An investigation is underway after an alleged stolen semi-trailer crashed and caught fire in George Street, injuring eight people, just before 9am yesterday (Wednesday October 11).

The driver of the alleged stolen truck, a 29-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and after hospital treatment for minor injuries and mandatory blood and urine testing, was taken to Singleton Police Station.

George Street yesterday after the destruction caused during a critical incident.

George Street yesterday after the destruction caused during a critical incident.

George Street yesterday after the destruction caused during a critical incident.

George Street yesterday after the destruction caused during a critical incident.

The man was charged with steal motor vehicle, police pursuit – not stop (Skye’s Law x 2), use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention (x 2), assault officer in execution of duty (x2), resist officer, and malicious damage (x2).

He was refused bail to appear at Singleton Local Court today (Thursday, October 12).

A critical incident team from Port Stephens Local Area Command is now investigating all circumstances surrounding the incident.

That investigation will be subject to independent review.

No further details are available at this time; however, police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.