A crash between three trucks has left motorists facing big delays northwest of Melbourne as investigators examine the scene.
The crash occurred just after 1am on Friday on the Western Highway in Gerang Gerung and involved three trucks, one of which rolled off the road and into a paddock..
A 20-year-old man from Dandenong North was driving the truck that rolled into the paddock.
He has been left with life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to hospital.
A 64-year-old Wangaratta man was driving the second truck and he was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The third man, a 61-year-old from Bayswater, was taken to hospital for observation.
The Western Highway is expected to remain closed for hours while investigators look at the scene.
The cause of the collision is yet to be determined and anyone with information have been urged to contact CrimeStoppers.
The highway was closed both ways between Dimboola and Nhill.
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A truck driver is facing charges over a deadly crash involving a van and another car in Sydney’s west.
Last night emergency services were called to the scene of a crash at the intersection of Cumberland Highway and Sturt Street in Smithfield about 8.30pm.
Police have been told the driver of the van was standing in front of his vehicle which was broken down by the side of the road.
A truck then struck the van, which then hit its driver who sustained critical injuries.
The 32-year-old man died at the scene.
A passenger inside the van, a 19-year-old man, was treated by paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.
The truck also allegedly hit another car during the crash, but the male driver of the car and his two passengers were uninjured.
The 42-year-old truck driver was uninjured in the crash.
He was taken to Westmead Hospital for mandatory testing and in the early hours of this morning he was arrested at Granville Police Station.
The truck driver was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.
He was refused bail to appear before Fairfield Local Court today.
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Truck driver Mohinder Singh has learnt his fate over a crash that killed four police officers on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway.
Singh was short on sleep and high on drugs when he crashed a 19-tonne semi-trailer into the officers who had pulled over Porsche driver Richard Pusey on April 22 in 2020.
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Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney died at the scene.
On Wednesday, almost a year to the day since the crash, Singh was sentenced in the Supreme Court.
He was sentenced to 22 years jail with a non-parole period of 18 years.
The courtroom was at capacity for the sentencing with family members of the officers present.
“There are events that shock the public conscience, this has been such an event,” Justice Paul Coghlan said.
Following the sentence, Josh Prestney’s father Andrew read a statement on behalf of the four families.
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Mohinder Singh, who was high and severely sleep deprived when he ploughed his prime mover into four police officers on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway, has been jailed for 22 years.
Singh, 48, was ordered to spend at least 18 years and six months behind bars over the crash in April last year, which killed Constables Glen Humphris and Joshua Prestney, Senior Constable Kevin King and Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor.
The crash was the single greatest loss of life in Victoria Police’s history and today’s sentence means an end to the tragic chapter is now in sight, just days from the one-year anniversary.
In sentencing the father of two, Justice Paul Coghlan told the Supreme Court of Victoria that the incident had profoundly changed the lives of four families.
“The police officers had no hope,” Justice Coghlan said.
“Their deaths are entirely unnecessary and should have been avoided. Their deaths were caused by you.”
Singh has already served 357 days behind bars.
After the sentence was handed down, Constable Prestney’s father, Andrew Prestney, read out a statement on behalf of the victims’ families, thanking the first responders and police for their work and the Australian public for its “outpouring of love”.
“Even though justice has now been served in relation to the actual collision, no amount of punishment can replace the loss of our loved ones and the missing place at our tables that will be felt by us for the rest of our lives,” he said.
“We are consoled by the fact that our four will not be forgotten as we continue to carry them in our hearts.”
On April 22 last year, Leading Senior Constable Taylor and First Constable Humphris pulled over Melbourne man Richard Pusey for driving his Porsche at 149 kilometres per hour on the Eastern Freeway.
Two other officers — Senior Constable King and Constable Prestney — then arrived at the scene and were standing in an emergency lane when the truck, driven by Singh, veered into the lane, killing all four.
In the moments after the crash, Singh was heard wailing: “Oh no, oh no.”
He pleaded guilty to eight charges, including culpable driving causing death and drug trafficking.
It has since been revealed that Singh was seriously sleep deprived, with the court hearing that he could have only had five hours of rest in the three days before the collision.
He was also a prolific ice user, a habit which had made him actively psychotic at the time, causing him to see witches and believe in aliens.
His lawyer, Peter Morrissey SC, also told the Supreme Court that his client had allegedly received “significant pressure” from his boss, trucking manager Simiona Tuteru, to deliver one more load.
Mr Morrissey told the court that the men prayed together before Mr Tuteru allegedly said: “You are now healed, now take those chickens to Thomastown.”
Mr Tuteru has been charged with manslaughter over the crash but is planning to contest the allegations against him.
Singh has apologised to the families of the four police officers.
Justice Coghlan said the collision was burnt into the minds of many Victorians.
“There are events which shock the public conscience. This has been such an event,” the judge said.
“The unnecessary loss of the lives of four serving police officers, simply going about their duty, is a matter of huge community sorrow and regret.”
Justice Coghlan said he had watched the footage of the crash, which he described as “chilling”.
“It shows the inherent danger police officers face while going about relatively routine dangers,” he said.
“You drove to keep your job.
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A truck driver is lucky to be alive after his vehicle carrying a load of hazardous material crashed through a barricade and burst into flames on Sydney’s M1 this morning.
The semi-trailer ploughed through a guard rail near Mount White on the Central Coast, crashing down an embankment and causing a large fire.
The 42-year-old driver was treated by paramedics for a cut to his head before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.
Multiple northbound lanes were closed approaching Mount White while paramedics and fire crews put out the flames.
The motorway has since been reopened and delays have cleared.
The driver is expected to be discharged from hospital today and officers are now investigating the cause of the crash.
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The truck, believed to be carrying a large load of hazardous material, crashed through a guard rail and down an embankment causing a large fire.
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Climate protesters have been arrested after locking themselves to the roof of a truck in the middle of a busy Melbourne CBD intersection.
The two men, from the Extinction Rebellion movement, pulled the stunt at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets, to gain publicity for their upcoming climate protests in the city next week.
The pair were calling for climate intervention and action from the roof of the parked rental truck as traffic maneuvered around them.
The protesters were taken into custody after being brought down by search and rescue police about 9.20am. Flinders Street was earlier clogged with major traffic delays and a number of tram services were impacted. Police were directing the onslaught of traffic in the area. “Two males were arrested at approximately 9.20am this morning following protest activity which occurred at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Street,” a Victoria Police statement read. “Both men have been taken into custody and are assisting police with their enquiries.
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The lawyers of the truck driver who killed four police officers on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway last year have argued he deserves sympathy.
The families of the four fallen police officers had to sit in the same room as Mohinder Singh for a second day as the truck driver’s lawyers made a pitch for him to be given a lenient sentence.
After speaking of their devastating loss yesterday, the families of Lynette Taylor, Kevin King, Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were told to brace themselves for the details of Singh’s life leading up to the crash on April 22 last year.
The driver’s lawyers allege Singh was pressured to continue working by his boss at the trucking company, despite raising concerns he was not fit to drive. Peter Morrissey SC said his client prayed with his boss for 40 minutes, before agreeing to complete one final delivery. Singh was high on ice at the time and stopped on his route to do a drug deal, before veering into the emergency lane of the Eastern Freeway, colliding with the police officers. On the day of the crash he was psychotic and driven by delusions he had been cursed by a witch. A forensic psychiatrist revealed Singh had been on drugs for five years. Singh’s lawyer described him as an interesting character who is worthy of sympathy.
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The incident occurred around 4.30am on the westbound off-ramp of the M2 Motorway at Pennant Hills Road in Pennant Hills.
The driver, a man – believed to be aged in his late 50’s – died at the scene.
He is yet to be formally identified.
The crash caused major delays on the M2 this morning after the westbound off-ramp was closed preventing drivers from accessing the NorthConnex tunnel.
The westbound off-ramp has now reopened and traffic delays are easing.
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A Melbourne truck driver who was “talking nonsense” about witches before he killed four Victoria Police officers is set to face court.
Mohinder Singh has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing the deaths while the officers were carrying out a routine traffic stop on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway in April 2020.
Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were killed when they were struck by Singh’s semi-trailer while impounding a Porsche.
Singh will on Thursday face the victims’ families at the Victorian Supreme Court during a pre-sentence hearing, expected to last for two days.
Court documents previously showed a witness told police Singh had not slept for eight days prior to the horror crash.
Singh had also been “talking nonsense” about being chased by witches.
“He was saying witches are coming and we have to leave,” the witness told police.
“I had never seen anyone as drug f***ed in my life. He hadn’t slept for eight days.”
Singh reiterated this fear to police after the crash.
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