Truck driver cleared of wrongdoing, another to be interviewed after fatal crash at Great Western

A truck driver has been cleared of wrongdoing, while another is yet to be interviewed following a fatal three-vehicle collision near the Grampians, 260 kilometres west of Melbourne, on Wednesday night.

Key points:

  • A male driver of a ute died when he collided with a car carrier truck.

    The truck was driven by a 50-year-old man who has been hospitalised and yet-to-be interviewed by police

  • A 63-year-old man driving a second truck also crashed into the accident scene and has been cleared by police
  • Police are reminding drivers to be careful driving on slippery roads.

    Weather conditions has not been confirmed as a contributor to the accident

A man died in the accident on the Western Highway near Great Western when his ute collided with a truck a carrying multiple vehicles.

A second truck then crashed into the initial collision, which occurred just after 10.00pm.

Police spoke to the driver of the second truck, a 63-year-old man from Albion in Melbourne's west, and released him without charge.

The driver of the car carrier truck, a 50-year-old man from Lalor in Melbourne's north, remains in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

He will be interviewed at a later date.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the cause of the accident.

A week of vehicle accidents

The crash was the worst in a series of bad accidents in the region this week.

A Coleraine district woman was lucky to be alive after her car flipped multiple times down a hill near the south-west Victorian town on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the woman swerved to miss a kangaroo or wallaby and drove off the Glenelg Highway, ending up about 30 metres down a steep hill.

She had to be cut out of her car and was taken to Hamilton Base Hospital with minor injuries.

While it was unknown if weather was a factor in any of the accidents, Sergeant Mark Phillips of Hamilton Police said people needed to take the conditions into account while driving.

"We do have a spike in accidents around this time," Sergeant Phillips said.

"When the change in the weather comes, the roads can be slippery, so people need to drive more carefully until the roads settle down."

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