A car and trailer jackknifed on the Strzelecki Highway, just outside of Leongatha on Tuesday morning. Police said the trailer was heavily overloaded.
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Bass Coast Highway Patrol Senior Constable Allan Piening said police were called to the scene on Tuesday morning at about 9.15am.
“The trailer was overloaded and too heavy and as a result, the driver lost control.
“It happened well before the bridge on the sweeping corner past the upholsterers – speed was not a factor.”
The trailer jackknifed, pulling the 4WD ute on to its side.
The driver was issued a $221 penalty notice for exceeding dimensions.
A tractor passing the scene was able to assist police in straightening out the car and trailer and the road out of Leongatha was reopened in an hour.
S/C Piening said the incident served as a reminder for those considering DIY projects over summer.
“If it doesn’t fit in the trailer, get a bigger trailer; if it doesn’t fit in the biggest trailer you have, get a truck,” he said.
“What you’re transporting should not exceed the length of the trailer.
“Weight restrictions also apply according to the rating of the trailer.”