PRINCES Way was closed for around eight hours today after a truck with very long and low trailer beached itself at the Tarwin Street intersection.
VIDEO ABOVE: a satisfying sight – the beached truck finally moving from its accidental home. HD option available – be sure to select. Video by William PJ Kulich.
Police diverted traffic around the stranded vehicle. Warragul-bound traffic was directed down the unaffected lane of Tarwin Street and Drouin-bound traffic was diverted onto Burke Street to Lardners Track.
Above: After a few attempts at moving the vehicle. Photos by William PJ Kulich.
The truck was carrying a large piece of machinery which had been used for a construction project on Tarwin Street when it became stuck. The sharp angle of the intersection entrance caught the lower part of the truck, while a muddy nature strip was torn up by the truck’s wheels.
The owner of a nearby business told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen the truck ran into trouble at around 09:30.
There were cheers when the truck was finally freed at around 17:30.
Several attempts were made to free the truck, including towing it backwards, chocking up the wheels and calling in a small tow truck.
It was not until a larger tow truck was called in to lift up the trailer for more chocks and to help with the pulling that the long vehicle finally budged, but even the larger tow truck slipped in the miserable conditions.
Some inspection infrastructure in the ground beside the road was damaged during the operation.