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Driver saved after truck goes into channel

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February 13, 2018

This truck came to a halt in the channel along the Goulburn Valley Hwy at Moorilim.

A truck driver is rescued by witnesses after his vehicle ran into a channel. Passerby Steve Manley took this picture after the incident happened in front of him.

A truck driver escaped his sinking vehicle after it ran into a channel at Moorilim, near Murchison, yesterday.

Witnesses worked to free the man from the truck cabin about 1.30pm along the Goulburn Valley Hwy before emergency services arrived on scene.

Shepparton Highway Patrol Senior Constable Renee McClure said there were no serious injuries.

‘‘The male driver was transported to hospital for observations,’’ she said.

Nathalia’s Steve Manley was shocked to see the incident unfold as he followed the truck.

‘‘It was travelling at about 103km/h and I was going at around 100km/h,’’ he said.

Mr Manley saw the vehicle wobble toward the roadside before he saw it go into the channel.

‘‘It was like a big wall of water,’’ he said.

Mr Manley said witnesses at the scene were able to rescue the driver from his cabin.

Goulburn-Murray Water and the Environment Protection Authority were on scene.

G-MW Shepparton customer service manager David Irvine said there was no concern for downstream channel water users.

‘‘There was a small amount of fuel on board and the truck had a payload of empty bottles,’’ Mr Irvine said.

A small amount of channel bank above the waterline will be dug out so the truck can be removed.

Mr Irvine said it was fortunate there was no serious injury or a channel contamination issue following the incident.

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