Morning carnage on Hume Freeway


Drivers in hospital following spate of heavy-vehicle crashes on main arterial in Victoria

July 3, 2012

Victoria’s section on the Hume Freeway witnessed three truck accidents in the space of 100 minutes, two of which involved refrigerated trailers.

At about 3.20am yesterday, a southbound truck travelling 2 km south of Seymour rolled after the driver lost control.

"It is believed the truck, which was carrying a refrigerated load of beef carcasses, rolled onto its side after veering off the road and slid 30 to 40 metres before coming to a stop," according to Victoria Police.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to Seymour Hospital for observation.

Ten minutes later, a truck travelling north about 4 km outside Avenel left the road and travelled 50 metres along an embankment before colliding head on with two trees.

The truck, which was loaded with fresh and frozen chickens, rolled onto its roof.

The driver was trapped for some time before being freed and transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with serious injuries. He is now in a stable condition.

"Just before 5am, a third truck carrying a load of blue stone travelling northbound near Wangaratta has also come to grief," Police say.

"It is believed the prime mover veered off the highway from the right lane and travelled about 130 metres in the centre median strip before coming to a stop in a culvert.

"The truck’s load was displaced, tilting the right of the vehicle off the road."

The driver received minor injuries and was taken to Wangaratta Hospital for observation.

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