Monkeys rounded up after highway crash

Three circus monkeys had a brief taste of freedom when they escaped from an overturned trailer on the Princes Highway in NSW's south.

Police said the trailer tipped on its side when the driver of the Nissan Patrol towing it lost control and hit the concrete dividing barrier at Bombo, north of Kiama, about 2.45pm (local time) yesterday.

Three monkeys in the trailer escaped and ran onto the highway but were quickly rescued by circus staff who were travelling in convoy.

Two lanes of the highway remained blocked during an operation to right the trailer.

The Nissan's 21-year-old female driver suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Shellharbour Hospital.

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