A WARRNAMBOOL Cheese and Butter B-double milk tanker rolled when forced off Centre Road at Simpson on Saturday morning.
Nanjing Night Net

Cobden policewoman Senior Constable Rebecca Miles said that about 8am the milk tanker driver was confronted by a blue/green station wagon while rounding a bend which forced the tanker off the road.

She said the rear trailer became stuck in mud and flipped which caused the other trailer and prime mover to roll.

The driver, aged about 50, was very lucky. He was taken to hospital for observation and treated for minor injuries.

“The Warrnambool Cheese and Butter transport manager quickly got onto heavy haulage and a crane. He was fantastic and they also dealt with the driver’s welfare on the spot. The accident scene was cleared by 2.30pm. Traffic along the road was an issue until then.”

Senior Constable Miles said the driver was upset because he had not received a ticket during his 32-year driving career.

“He didn’t get the registration number of the other car but said it was driven by a young bloke who just kept going. That was a bit disappointing,” she said.

“It’s a timely reminder for all drivers to stick to the left of the road while going around corners in case there is oncoming traffic. We all need to drive to the road conditions.”

The police officer said the tankers were bent out of shape but she expected they could be repaired after being towed away.

“There was extensive damage to the prime mover.

“It’s an almost brand new Kenworth.

“There was something like about 40,000 litres of milk pumped out and transported away,” she said.

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