A TRUCK driver aged in his twenties has been taken to hospital in a critical condition, after a truck crashed into the Bass River this morning, off the Bass Highway.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.10am today (Wednesday, July 18) to the incident off the bridge, between Bass School Road and Hade Avenue, Bass.
The truck fell an estimated 20 metres, before hitting the water.
The railing before the bridge has been extensively damaged; appearing as if the truck drove along the steel railing before plunging into the river.
Emergency personnel, including local SES units, assisted in cutting the man free from the cabin.
At around 11.40am, about a dozen SES, CFA, Ambulance Victoria paramedics, police and other emergency services personnel assisted in bringing the man, who was on a stretcher,  up a hill and into an ambulance.
The ambulance then drove to the awaiting Air Ambulance, stationary on Hade Avenue, where he was transported to hospital.
Police have been on scene for some time carrying out investigations and speaking to witnesses. The highway remained open but was closed and open intermittently to allow traffic through at a reduced speed.
Authorities have asked members of the community not to post photos of the actual accident scene on social media until they have completed their work of contacting relatives and carrying out initial investigations.