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Drivers injured in truck crash at Balmattum

The drivers of two trucks involved in a collision at Balmattum were taken to hospital after suffering injuries in the incident.

RIAHN SMITH May 26, 2014 3:14am

A water tanker was badly damaged in a two-truck crash at Balmattum.


Two truck drivers were hospitalised on Saturday morning after their vehicles collided at Balmattum.

The News understands a B-double truck and a water tanker crashed on Hume Fwy about 3.30am.

Emergency crews worked in foggy conditions to clear the scene of the crash, which left one of the trucks on its side.

Benalla police Sergeant Brad McMennemin said a Kenworth Prime Mover with two water trailers was heading north when it lost control and veered off the road into the centre median strip about 1km south of the Violet Town off-ramp.

Sgt McMennemin said a Volvo B-double truck travelling behind the water tanker crashed into one of the trailers, which came to rest in the path of oncoming traffic.

He said visibility was very low due to heavy fog.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said a man in his 60s, believed to be the driver of the water tanker, suffered an arm injury as well as cuts and abraisions.

Mr Mullen said the St Albans man was stuck inside the truck’s cabin as State Emergency Service volunteers worked to free him but said he was not physically trapped.

He said the other driver, a man in his 20s from Sebastopol, suffered back injuries.

Both men were taken to Wangaratta Base Hospital in a stable condition.

A VicRoads spokesman said the northbound lanes of the freeway were closed from the Hume Out-Euroa Main Ramp at Euroa to the Hume Out-Urmston Ramp at Violet Town.

The freeway was reopened about 2.30pm.

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