Crash leaves Scott's driver with serious injuries


Truck driver flees the scene after colliding with Scott's Refrigerated driver, who suffered serious injuries in crash

By Ruza Zivkusic | February 7, 2010

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw a hit-and-run crash between two trucks on the Hume Freeway, Barnawartha, to come forward.

A B-double and a semi trailer were travelling north on the road when they collided near the Barnawartha turn-off, around 8.50pm on February 5. The 43-year-old B-double driver from Scott’s Refrigerated Freightways suffered serious injuries.

He taken to Albury Hospital but was later airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The 44-year-old semi-trailer driver fled the scene with police later locating him with police dogs. The Docklands man is now assisting police with inquiries.

Barnawartha owner-driver of 30 years, Grant Rayner, who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, says he is still shaken by the incident as he has lost many fellow truck drivers on the freeway.

"I’m a truck driver myself so I don’t like to see those things, I’ve done 6.5 million kilometres during my time and the fact that it’s a workplace accident when people are at work trying to make a living, it just shouldn’t happen," Rayner says.

"I’m shocked. I’ve lost good mates on the Hume Freeway and it’s still happening unfortunately.

"There was quite a lot of freight and diesel spread around when I arrived; it chews my guts when that bloke runs away for something illegal purely for his own benefit, leaving behind the driver.

"There are some selfish people around the world regardless of what he’s supposedly done."

Investigators from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a pedestrian walking along that area of Hume Freeway, or anyone being picked up from the side of the road around that time, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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