A FARM worker has died after his quad bike and a truck collided west of Colac.
Colac Highway Patrol’s Leading Senior Constable John Lee said the 27-year-old dairy farmhand was working at a Bungador property.
“About 10.30 this morning the truck was travelling on the Timboon-Colac Road in a westerly direction,” Sen Const Lee said.
He said a quad bike was crossing the road and the truck and bike collided.
The quad bike’s rider died at the scene.
“The truck driver was taken to Colac Hospital in shock,” Sen Const Lee said.
The impact of the crash forced the bike and its rider onto the nature strip on the east-bound side of the road.
Sen Const Lee said the rider was not from the Colac district.
The truck driver, a man his 50s, was driving a Ballarat district truck.
A Victorian WorkSafe investigator attended the scene to determine whether the incident was work-related.
A WorkSafe spokesman said the Transport Accident Commission would help in the investigation if the rider was not working at the time.
Police and ambulance paramedics attended the crash scene on the Colac-Timboon Road.
The Country Fire Authority’s Bungador Rural Fire Brigade helped with traffic control at the scene before a Corangamite Shire Council employee took over the task.
Victoria’s road toll is 27 so far this year, compared with 20 deaths at the same time last year.
The Bungador fatal crash is the second road fatality in the Colac district this year.
A Bell Post Hill man died on the Princes Highway at Irrewarra, east of Colac, after a west-bound vehicle hit him in the early hours of January 26.
Colac Otway Shire had a fatality-free year in 2013.