A truck driver who witnessed the scene of a cattle truck roll-over in Stanhope on Saturday morning said the driver was "extremely lucky" to have survived.
Adam Stanton was travelling along the Midland Hwy on Saturday morning around 3.30 am when he was stopped at a road block due to the roll-over.
Investigators were told the cattle truck ran off the Midland Hwy near Stanhope and rolled onto its side just after 12 am on Saturday morning, coming to rest against a tree.
The driver, a male in his 30s, suffered cuts, abrasions, chest and abdomen injuries and was transported to Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton in a stable condition.
The Midland Hwy was closed in both directions following the incident, which Mr Stanton said could have been a more serious outcome.
"The driver was extremely lucky, if the truck was a centimetre or more over he would have been wrapped around a few trees - and he only just missed a nearby channel." he said.
"It could have been a lot worse, it had the potential to be extremely bad."
Mr Stanton said when he arrived at the scene the truck was upright and crews were working to extract both dead and live cattle from the truck.
He confirmed a local community ranger, a vet and a number of local farmers were at the scene helping with the recovery efforts.
"Emergency services did extremely well considering the confronting scene that it was," Mr Stanton said.
Police confirmed several cattle were killed during the roll-over.
Rochester Police are continuing their investigation into the incident, however the exact circumstances of the roll-over are currently unknown.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.