Dozens of CFA and VICSES members worked for hours to rescue two trapped men from a tow truck after it crashed into another truck. Photo: Alan Tough.

THREE men suffered serious injuries which were fortunately not life-threatening, after their trucks crashed just outside Korumburra last week.

The crash occurred about 2.15pm last Friday, November 12, east of Korumburra on the South Gippsland Highway.

Dozens of emergency services personnel including VICSES, CFA, police and paramedics swarmed the scene as a complicated rescue began taking place.

A man in his 30s was taken to the Alfred Hospital in a stable condition with serious lower body injuries.

While another man, also in his 30s, was taken to the Alfred in a stable condition with multiple injuries.

A man in his 60s was taken to Gippsland Southern Health Service in a stable condition, with upper body injuries.

Bass Coast Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Clint Goff said the accident was due to a large truck losing control while travelling towards Korumburra, amid the wet and slippery conditions that day.

“He’s lost control coming around the bend with the truck running down the highway sideways from side to side,” Act Sgt Goff said.

“It punched through the guard rail and a tow truck heading towards Leongatha has gone straight into the side of it, trapping both the driver and passenger in the tow truck.

“The two gentlemen in the tow truck were taken by road to the Alfred because they couldn’t fly into Melbourne because of the weather.”

Act Sgt Goff said the wet weather appeared to have contributed to the crash, but investigations were ongoing.

The incident was one of the most complicated technical rescues that VICSES Leongatha Unit has attended, with 12 members responding.

“Whilst travelling to the scene, we were informed that there were multiple trapped persons and a further two crews were dispatched from the unit, totalling 12 highly-trained Road Crash Rescue (RCR) specialists in three rescue vehicles,” Leongatha VICSES Deputy Controller – Community Engagement, Kate Lochlin said.

“Due to the complexity of the incident and the report of an additional trapped person, a road crash rescue crew from Loch CFA Fire and Rescue were also paged to attend and work alongside our members in extricating the trapped persons.”

Ms Lochlin said the incident resulted in a complicated vehicle compression, which made gaining access to the trapped persons extremely difficult.

“Our RCR crews worked hard alongside our emergency responder colleagues and were able to release the first patient at approximately 5.45pm, after over three hours of stabilisation and technical extraction techniques to safely gain access,” she said.

“The patient was transferred into the care of paramedics and our RCR crews began work on extricating the second patient.

“After another hour gaining access, all trapped persons had been released and transferred to appropriate medical care.

“Our crews returned to the unit at approximately 7.30pm, after five hours on scene.

“The road was cleared of debris and reopened at approximately 10.50pm.”

Ms Lochlin praised the unit for its success in extricating all trapped persons, and working efficiently with other emergency services.

“They have once again demonstrated their selfless dedication to our community and the compassion and kindness that drives them to answer the call each and every time.”