Truck swerves off road

A firefighter assesses the scene of truck which rolled over in Pearcedale.

By Brendan Rees

A truck driver was lucky to walk away unscathed after rolling his truck in Pearcedale on Tuesday 9 July.

The wreck happened at Tyabb – Tooradin Road near the South Boundary intersection about 2pm.

Leading Senior Constable John Shields of the Somerville Highway Patrol said it’s believed the truck, a semi-trailer loaded with chicken feed and grain, was travelling “way too close” to a Mazda.

The Mazda reportedly performed a right-hand turn, causing the truck driver to swerve off the side of the road to avoid a collision, he said.

“He’s gone around it on the left hand side, off the road, onto the shoulder in the mud and it’s flipped it,” he said. “He’s just avoided them at the last minute.”

Police, paramedics, and firefighters from Pearcedale CFA brigade attended the scene.

One person was assessed at the scene but they were not transported, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said.

Leading Snr Const Shields said the truck driver was “very lucky because there was also another truck coming the other way.”

Salvage crews also attended to remove all contents of the tanker before it was rolled back on its wheels.

The road was closed from both directions for several hours.

Police are investigating.

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