Driver survives crash after petrol tanker swerves across freeway at Drouin
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 14:03, Saturday 22 June 2013
THE DRIVER of a petrol tanker which swerved across all lanes of the Princes Freeway near Drouin just after 1.30pm yesterday has been released from hospital.
A Warragul Police spokesperson told The Warragul Citizen the man was taken to hospital after his east-bound truck crossed the west-bound lanes of the freeway and climbed ten metres up an embankment before colliding with a tree.
“The driver of the petrol tanker was travelling east on the Princes Freeway [at] Drouin, when after passing under the Princes Way overpass he lost all positive control of steering, possibly due to a mechanical failure,” the spokesperson said.
“When the driver realised he was unable to steer the tanker he applied brakes.
“This application caused the tanker to swerve to the right, crossing the east-bound lanes, over and through the median strip [with] no rope wire barrier [in place], and across the west-bound lanes of the freeway.
“The tanker travelled approximately 10 metres up an embankment on the south side of the freeway and collided into tree, [where the] prime mover and tanker then came to rest.
“The driver was conveyed to Warragul Hospital and later released.”
One west-bound lane of the freeway was closed at Buln Buln Road after the incident.
This article is an update of Collision closes Freeway lane at Drouin, published yesterday shortly before 4pm.
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