Truck driver escapes serious injury after veering off Calder Freeway in Victoria

The semi-truck with a trailer was travelling north bound on the Calder Freeway when it veered off the busy highway, plunging down an embankment and head first into a creek about 5.20am today. Police were told the truck hit a safety barrier and concrete pillar at the Spring Creek Bridge in Malmsbury, causing the rig of the truck to crash down and crushing the cabin.

The truck veered off the highway and plunged several metres down. (Nine)The smashed up truck from the crash. (Nine)

Bendigo Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Peter Dyer said the driver was the luckiest person he had ever seen, walking away from the crash with only minor injuries. “I’ve been doing this job 29 years and I’ve never seen such damage to a prime mover before where a person has escaped serious injury,” he said.

“Probably the luckiest person I have seen get out of a collision to be honest.”

Video captured by 9News shows the front of the truck crunched up by the freak smash.

Leading Senior Constable Dyer said investigations into what caused the truck to veer off the highway were still underway. “It’s pretty horrific actually, when you see the amount of crushed damage to the cab. “The cab’s actually been crushed by the trailer that followed over the riverine.

“The damage is monumental.” Paramedics were called to the crash about 5.30am, with rescue crews working to remove the trapped driver from the vehicle for more than two hours. The driver, a 36-year-old man, was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with non-life-threatening lower body injuries.

The northbound lanes of the Calder Freeway are expected to be closed all day while equipment is used to salvage the truck and a recovery operation is undertaken.

Motorists have been advised to use the Calder Highway through Malmsbury, Taradale and Elphinstone to the Pyrenees Highway, then rejoin the Calder Freeway.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.