More Melbourne motor mayhem

Loose concrete girder hits bridge and brings Monash Freeway to a halt in bad start to week

December 13, 2011

Commercial vehicle chaos at the start of Melbourne’s week has continued overnight with a collision with a Monash Freeway bridge causing enormous disruption in the city’s east.

One lane of outbound traffic was opened just before midday.

The accident, which damaged a bridge pylon at the Ferntree Gully Road on-ramp, occurred when a 60-tonne concrete girder shifted from a trailer.

A Dandy Premix Concrete truck coming the other way lost control as the driver tried to avoid the debris and hit the centre dividing barrier, where it came to a halt on the wires.

Both drivers were reportedly not seriously injured.

VicRoads has cleared the on-ramp bridge for use and the freeway should be fully open to traffic by late afternoon.

On Sunday, a Toll Liquids tanker spilt fuel that ignited at a petrol station and, yesterday, a tradesman died when his plumbers van exploded, due to a gas-cylinder leak.

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