Man airlifted to hospital after truck rollover

A heavy haulage truck was called in to assist.

By Brendan Rees

Two men have been rushed to hospital following a truck rollover in Pearcedale on Wednesday afternoon, 27 November.

An ambulance helicopter and emergency service personnel were called to the roundabout at Western Port Highway and Baxter-Tooradin Road about 3.10pm, after initial reports the occupants were trapped.

A spokeswoman for Ambulance Victoria said two men were treated for upper body injuries and both were in a stable condition.

The truck driver was taken by road to Frankston Hospital in a stable condition while the passenger was flown by air ambulance helicopter to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Pearcedale CFA brigade lieutenant Lachy Gray said when firefighters arrived on scene, two men in the truck had been pulled out through the windscreen by passers-by.

“The windscreen was already smashed,” he said.

“He (the driver) was obviously a bit battered and bruised.

“Obviously where the battery was the truck was still live pretty much the whole time until it got on its wheels,” Mr Gray said.

“Essentially our job was to manage the scene just in case there’s fuel or fire”.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Senior Sergeant Nicole Warner said the driver, a 23-year-old Cranbourne North man, lost control of his truck and rolled at the roundabout.

She said his passenger, a 40-year-old Hillside man, sustained serious injuries.

“The driver sustained minor injuries and is assisting police with their enquiries,” Sen Sgt Warner said.

Two fire trucks and a support vehicle along with 10 firefighters remained on scene until 7pm after a heavy haulage truck assisted in lifting the truck back on its wheels.

Detours were set up by the Department of Transport with Western Port Highway and Baxter-Tooradin Road closed until 9.30pm while crews cleared the wreckage.

“The Department of Transport thanks motorists for their patience and safe driving during this disruption,” a statement from Department of Transport said.

Police are investigating the exact cause and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or with dashcam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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