Steel truck rolls, trailer hits tree

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

An Al­bury man is in a Mel­bourne hos­pi­tal with mul­ti­ple frac­tures and spine and neck in­juries af­ter a truck rollover near Ber­ri­gan on Mon­day.

Oak­lands Po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Greg Pet­ti­grew said the 63 year-old was tow­ing a trailer loaded with steel when he is be­lieved to have lost con­trol of the heavy ve­hi­cle about 6am.

‘‘He did have a num­ber of stops to make, but the main one was to De­niliquin,’’ Snr Const Pet­ti­grew con­firmed.

‘‘He was car­ry­ing 10.5 tonnes of steel and was trav­el­ling west on the Rive­rina High­way when, about 10 kilo­me­tres east of Ber­ri­gan, he ap­pears to have driven off the edge of the road.

‘‘As he tried to cor­rect the ve­hi­cle, the trailer ap­pears to have done a pen­du­lum slide and even­tu­ally con­nected with a cul­vert.

‘‘This caused the truck to roll, which caused the cab to be crushed.

‘‘The trailer hit a tree and flipped the truck back on its wheels.’’

Snr Const Pet­ti­grew said as he ar­rived at the scene, the driver was be­ing treated by paramedics.

‘‘The driver was able to climb out of the truck by him­self and was con­vers­ing well with paramedics.

‘‘The paramedics did iden­tify he might have bro­ken his col­lar bone, but it was later con­firmed he had frac­tures to his ribs, shoul­der, spine and neck.

‘‘He was taken to Al­bury by am­bu­lance and then on to the Royal Mel­bourne Hos­pi­tal.’’

Speak­ing to the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS yes­ter­day, Snr Const Pet­ti­grew said he had been ad­vised the driver was in a sta­ble con­di­tion but was un­able to pro­vide any fur­ther de­tails.

The Rive­rina High­way was closed in both di­rec­tions sur­round­ing the crash site for al­most 10 hours, re­open­ing about 3.30pm Mon­day.

Snr Const Pet­ti­grew said part of the de­lay was the de­bris on the road.

He said the im­pact of the trailer hit­ting the tree caused the steel load to dis­lodge and it was strewn across the road.

He said the clean-up took three hours.

Snr Const Pet­ti­grew also said a heavy ve­hi­cle tow truck and sal­vage crew had to come from Wagga Wagga to as­sist at the scene.

Al­bury and De­niliquin Po­lice Com­mand of­fi­cers re­sponded to the in­ci­dent.

ABOVE & BE­LOW: Emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel as­sess the crash site on the Rive­rina Hwy, near Ber­ri­gan, on Mon­day morn­ing.

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