A Sydney garbage truck driver has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving after a head-on crash that left an L-plate driver and his mum with spinal injuries.

According to reports, on 9 October, a United Resource Management (URM) garbage truck collided with two other cars on Mona Vale Rd, leaving four injured individuals: a 71-year-old male driver of a Peugeot and his 67-year-old female passenger and a 16-year-old Learner Driver of a Mazda and his 55-year-old female passenger, identified as his mother.

The 71-year-old male driver and 55-year-old female passenger were transported to Royal North Shore Hospital in serious condition.

The teen suffered a compression fracture of a vertebrae in his lower spine, and his mother received multiple fractures from her neck to her lumbar spine.

The 42-year-old male garbage truck driver was uninjured in the accident, was arrested at the scene and taken to Manly Police Station.

In Manly court on 29 November, the driver’s solicitor entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and one count each of causing bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

The driver has been scheduled to appear in Manly Local Court early next year, and the driver’s conditional bail was continued.