Steel truck rolls, trailer hits tree
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.