Truck hits centre barrier

Truck hits centre barrier

The Princes Highway between Stratford and Sale was closed for several hours on Monday morning after a tip truck collided with the recently installed and controversial centre line barrier.

The impact of the crash caused the truck to rollover blocking the westbound lane of the highway, about four kilometres east of Stratford.

Police say the truck, towing a dog trailer, rolled over at about 4.20am.

The male driver, a 25-yearold Bruthen man, who was alone in the vehicle, escaped with minor injuries after attempting to avoid a deer.

The incident comes after recent calls from State and Federal members, Tim Bull and Darren Chester, for a re-think on the highway reconstruction having both received numerous unsupportive letters of the highway works from motorists.

Mr Bull did not wish to make comment on the accident without knowing the details of what occurred, but said truck drivers had been raising concerns with him regularly.

“For example I had a photo sent to me over the weekend where a driver basically had no room to get off the road, his rig just would not fit,” Mr Bull said.

“I think the photo is the reason VicRoadsʼ own guidelines state: Every effort should be made to achieve the desirable offset of 4.0 6.0 metres as it allows broken down vehicles to pull over clear of traffic lanes and provides space for maintenance vehicles ... so occupants are able to open the doors of a passenger vehicle clear of the traffic lane.

“Why they have gone with just a three metre shoulder, instead of their preferred distance is a question I have before the Minister at present.”

VicRoads put a detour in place for traffic in both directions, to allow emergency vehicles to access the collision, with drivers being detoured through Bengworden Road, which has already received an increase in traffic during the current roadworks.

A traffic management team was also set up at Rileys Road, near Stratford, to guide drivers to the detour route.

PICTURED: This truck flipped over early on Monday morning after striking the centre barrier, closing the Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale for several hours in both directions so it could be towed from the scene.