A 29 year old Melbourne driver was lucky to escape without serious injury last Thursday morning when he crashed his truck on the South Gippsland, Highway, between Whitelaw Road and Korumburra-Bena Road, at about 7.15am.
Police said they believed fatigue may have been a factor in the truck drifting off the left-hand side of the road and into a deep table drain before mounting a high embankment and hitting some small trees.
The truck was left perched precariously on the embankment leaving salvage crews with the job of winching it down and clearing the location, a task that reduced the highway to one lane for almost five hours.
“He’s gone through a big valley in the drain and stopped on the edge of that embankment. He’s probably very lucky in one sense that it didn’t finish up more seriously for him,” said Leading Senior Constable Greg Worcester.
As well as Bass Coast Highway Patrol officers, Vicroads’ Heavy Vehicle Unit also investigated the incident. Charges are likely to be laid.
SES, CFA and Ambulance Victoria turned out with the man being taken to hospital as a precaution.
Wild ride for Melbourne delivery truck driver