2 Dead in Melbourne Truck Crash – State Road Death Toll Rises

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A truck crash in Melbourne’s Steels Creek has resulted in 2 fatalities. It is believed that a man and a 12 year old girl were killed when a truck hit a 4 wheel drive vehicle on the north east of Melbourne recently.

Police say the truck may have accidentally crossed onto the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic when it hit the 4WD vehicle sometime in the morning before 9am.

The man who was driving the 4WD vehicle, believed to be in his 30s was killed along with the female passenger of the vehicle, a 12 year old girl – both died on the scene.

Two other passengers in the 4WD vehicle were uninjured but taken to hospital for observation, an eight year old boy and another 12 year old girl.

The 45 year old truck driver was lucky enough to escape injury and has been cooperating with police during the investigation but police are also calling for any witnesses to come forward. The following excerpt from a report on SkyNews.com.au explains further:

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating and want to hear from anyone who saw the crash or any of the vehicles leading up to it.Detective Sergeant Chris Carnie said it was a distressing scene for emergency workers.“Any time you have a collision such as this where children are involved, it is especially difficult,” he said.

Source: http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=950473&vId=4339894

Sadly the state road toll seems to be rising and now stands at 38 which is an increase from the same time last year when the death toll was just 30.
The SkyNews.com.au report also detailed another accident on Saturday which claimed the life of motorcycle rider who lost control of his bike around a curve. The post went on to explain:

In a separate crash earlier on Saturday, a motorcyclist died after losing control on a bend at Hoddles Creek, east of Melbourne.

The Watsonia man aged in his 40s was riding with a group of other riders, when the crash occurred about 11am.

Source: http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=950473&vId=4339894

As truckies the state’s high death toll should be of particular concern to us because unlike other motorists, the road is how we make our living and where we spend most of our time. If motorists are driving recklessly, it is a concern to us because our lives are on the line every day.

It is also important to keep in mind that a number of the accidents on Melbourne’s roads are as a result of truck accidents, like the one mentioned above which claimed the lives of a man and a young girl.

In order to avoid crashes we must ensure that our vehicles comply with regulation and to understand what is required of us as drivers, our employers, consignors etc. in terms of the law we must undergo Chain of Responsibility training. In fact anyone who shares responsibility in the road freight chain must undergo training to understand what is required of them in terms of the law and how to comply. For more information visit our homepage today!

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