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Qld truckie jailed over two boys' deaths


A truck driver who killed two boys when he drove off a NSW highway, through scrubland and into an oncoming car has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Graham Mark Morrison, 55, was tired and near the end of an 11-hour trip from Brisbane to Dubbo when his B-double crashed into a Queensland family's vehicle on May 6, 2017.

The force of the crash tore off a rear passenger door and caused the car to spin, ejecting two boys, aged nine and 12, and killing them instantly.

NSW District Court Judge Warwick Hunt set a minimum term of 21 months after finding exceptional circumstances including Morrison's "pungent remorse" and his wife's terminal cancer.

The southbound truck's dashcam showed the B-double moved into the northbound lane of the Newell Highway 36 times in the 25 minutes before the crash.

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

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