A truck driver is in hospital, about 100 sheep are dead and an investigation is underway following a livestock transport crash at Colac East this week.
Emergency services responded to reports about an overturned sheep truck on Treatment Works Road about 2pm Wednesday.
The truck was carrying about 450 animals and was headed for Colac’s abattoirs when it crashed several hundred metres before its destination.
Colac Highway Patrol arrived to control the scene while Colac State Emergency Service rescuers worked to free the driver from the overturned truck, and then worked to release sheep trapped in the trailer.
Paramedics treated the male driver for injuries and transported him to hospital at Geelong in a stable condition. The transport company says he is currently stable and under observation at the hospital.
Meanwhile, a large host of workers from the nearby abattoir arrived to help manage livestock, clearing live and uninjured sheep and herding them away safely onto Barwon Water’s reclamation plant site.
Workers put down injured animals humanely and Agriculture Victoria said it “euthanised a number of animals on welfare grounds”.
Senior Constable Sam Pickering said the crash happened at a sharp bend where Clark Street turned into Treatment Works Road.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.