Two hurt in crash involving two trucks and a caravan

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Two people were taken to hospital. PIC: Ambulance Victoria

Two people have been taken to hospital in a stable condition after a crash involving two semi-trailer trucks and car towing a caravan on the Western Highway in Victoria.

The Ararat Advertiser reports that the incident happened in a 100km/h zone.at the intersection of the Western Highway and Crutes Track, less than five kilometres west of Dadswells Bridge.

“It looks like the car towing the caravan was driving the speed limit and the truck travelling behind it got impatient and attempted to overtake the car,” said Horsham Highway Patrol Senior Constable, Jade Spence. “As the truck was overtaking, the semi-trailer was wobbly and smashed into the front of the car … this caused the car to run into the guard rail.”

Senior Constable Spence told the Advertiser that the second truck which was behind both vehicles has then rear-ended the caravan.

A 62-year-old woman, who was the passenger of the car, and a 51-year-old man, who was the driver of the rear truck, were both taken to Horsham’s Wimmera Base Hospital in stable condition.

Police investigations into the crash are ongoing.

The incident comes less than a month after an American woman died in a car and truck crash on the Western Highway at Dadswells Bridge.

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8 Responses to Two hurt in crash involving two trucks and a caravan

  1. it’s not always the caravans fault

  2. It is lovely too read what actually caused the accident. Now for once people can understand that it is not always the caravan driver who is too blame. Glad that everybody is alright as that is the main thing.

  3. True Ged. SOME truck drivers are not as good as we think. SOME are cowboys. Thankfully far and few between.

    I hope both the injured are OK.

  4. We seem to always get the blame, we know there are a very, very small minority that need to learn, but most of us are more than patient and give everyone time to get around us. We hope that the injured people are ok now and that the first truck driver be given a severe reprimand. I hope the van driver is also ok and with his wife.

  5. It`s not my road and it`s not your road, It is every ones road to share in a safe manner.
    I have seen stupid things done by both cars and trucks, truck drivers are on dead lines that are demanded by big companies and in a lot of cases are impossible to do. This is something that governments needs to address.

    • PhillipN, I hear what you say, but it is not the governments job to do something about this. It is the truck drivers in general that need to do something about it. We often hear that the truckies are forced to deliver unrealistic time frames, well the solution is simple, identify these trucking companies. It is also up to the truck drivers to refuse to drive under these conditions. If I own an electrical business and employ electricians and instruct them to stick a screwdriver into a live power point and risk electrocution do you think they would comply. The problem is that these cowboy drivers always believe that they are in the right and it is everyone else’s fault and not theirs. It is about time people were held accountable for their own actions and we stop expecting the government to fix everything. Incidentally I have driven interstate trucks and know about these dead lines.

  6. Yes most truck drivers doing the right thing, but as with cars there are idiots. Coming back from nth QLD in pouring rain we were chased by a Toll transport car carrier that scared the living shit out of us. I am sure his bullbar touched the back of my van a couple of times.Nearly a report to police.Stevo

  7. It appears something not quite right with the above statements “ It looks like the car towing the caravan was driving the speed limit. ( 100 kph road), and the truck travelling behind… attempted to overtake”. All heavy vehicles over 16t GVM are speed limited to 100kph, and have been for many, many years. The penalties for tampering with the limiters is horrendous, so doubtful, from the report above , that the truck was doing more than the 100kph. There are many resources available for the authorities to check any truck speed. Many truck companies have live gps tracking of their vehicles and any over speed raises an alarm, with the control room contacting the driver to explain, which could be as simple as a few k over going down a hill. You will often see brake lights coming on going down a slight hill, which is the engine retarder keeping the truck to 100kph.
    No good playing the blame game here, as the reporting is far from factual.
    Governments have already addressed the issue of dead lines in the freight industry, with chain of responsibility laws, which makes management responsible, and liable for things down the line.
    There is also a big difference in the accuracy of speedo’s between trucks and cars. Many vanners I have spoken to have actually checked their speedo against a gps. The results would surprise a lot of people.
    Wishing a fast recovery to those injured and more factual analysis when things go wrong.

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