CALLS to improve the notorious bends on the South Gippsland Highway at Black Spur were given more credence after the road was shut for 11 hours following an incident on Thursday morning.
Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon attended the incident and reported the 41 year-old driver from Warragul was lucky to escape serious injury.
The incident occurred at about 7am on Thursday morning when the fully-loaded stockfeed truck appeared to have veered on to the wrong side of the road at the near 90 degree angle corner, tipped over on its side and scraped along the rock cutting.
Police do not believe there were other vehicles involved, but are calling for witnesses as investigations into the incident are continuing.
“The man received minor injuries to his ribs and wrist, and did get a bad laceration on his head,” Sgt McCahon said.
“He was taken to hospital as a precaution and later released.”
Sgt McCahon said 13 police units along with CFA crews from Koonwarra and Meeniyan attended the incident throughout the day.
“Thirteen police units responded and around four to five of them were at the scene for the whole day.
“Koonwarra CFA attended and was then called out again for wash-away.”
Sgt McCahon said heavy haulage vehicles were called to right the tipped truck and remove it from the scene.
“Because of the weight and difficult position of the truck, they had to decamp the stockfeed pellets, its entire load by vacuum, which took about five to six hours,” he said.
“From the accident to clearing the road, the whole operation took about 11 hours.
“As there are no diversions available, and local roads are unable to carry trucks, we were able to open the road one lane at a time.
“In all, the road was completely closed for 45 minutes when the truck was righted and taken away.”
Police thanked the attending emergency services for their assistance, and drivers’ patience as the scene was cleared.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Bass Coast Highway Patrol on 5671 4191.