Truck driver hurt in highway crash

Police, State Emergency Services, Country Fire Authority and Ambulance Victoria crews at a truck crash west of Colac.

THE driver of a seafood truck had a lucky escape when his vehicle went off the Princes Highway west of Colac.

Police closed the Princes Highway for more than an hour after the accident, which occurred at Stoneyford, about 15km west of Colac.

The State Emergency Service cut the driver from the truck.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the driver suffered “serious” chest and abdominal injuries in the accident.

“He was in a serious condition – they stabilised him and they took him to Geelong, and I think he underwent surgery this morning,” Mr Mullen said on Wednesday.

He said the truck was “hanging off the edge” of an embankment.

“SES officers got the doors off, police also assisted and he was given pain relief by the paramedics while he was still in the truck,” he said.

Colac Country Fire Authority Lieutenant Lindsay Hester said the vehicle went off the highway through a guard rail and into a slight embankment about 9.30pm Tuesday.

“A couple of ambulance, the State Emergency Service and the CFA attended the scene – one from Colac, one from Larpent and one from Nalangil,” he said.

Mr Hester said the highway was closed for “a couple of hours” following the accident.

“There were a number of cars and heavy trucks banked up but the police did have the road diverted through Swan Marsh,” he said.

Dinos Toumazos, the owner of Australian Seafood Distributors, said the truck’s driver was in a stable condition at Geelong Hospital.

“The driver was taken to the hospital by ambulance and I went there and saw him last night, his family is with him,” he said.

“He seems to be okay, nothing serious.”

Mr Toumazos said a Colac company towed the truck and he was unsure of its condition.

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