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Truck driver killed in Hume Freeway crash

Werribee man, 44, dies at scene near Violet Town.

TAMMY MILLS October 3, 2012 4:33am

A Country Fire Authority firefighter hoses down the burnt wreckage of the B-double truck that crashed on Hume Fwy near Violet Town yesterday morning.


A Melbourne truck driver was killed when his Australia Post B-double collided with a tree and burst into flames on Hume Fwy near Violet Town yesterday morning.

Violet Town police Leading Senior Constable Pat Storer said the south-bound truck, believed to be carrying letters and parcels, ran off the freeway about 2km north of the Violet Town exit about 4.30am.

He said the truck hit a tree and burst into flames.

‘‘The whole vehicle has been destroyed,’’ Leading Sen Const Storer said.

The driver, a 44-year-old man from Werribee, died at the scene.

The south-bound freeway lanes between Benalla and Violet Town were closed for most of yesterday, with traffic diverted at Benalla to Nalinga.

Leading Sen Const Storer said the cause of the crash was under investigation and fatigue was one of the factors being examined.

He urged drivers to be ‘‘extremely careful’’ with their fatigue management.

 

Leading Senior Constable Pat Storer encouraged anyone who saw the crash or the truck before the incident to phone Violet Town police on 57981316 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

 

Police, union respond to spate of truck crashes in region: Page 6.

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