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Truck precariously hangs over freeway during peak hour

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17 May 2013
MFB crews are attending a major truck accident in North Melbourne this morning.

The accident occurred on the elevated section of the CityLink freeway inbound past the Racecourse Road on ramp.

At 6.35am crews were called to reports of a truck and trailer precariously hanging over the edge of the bridge railing of the elevated section of the freeway.  Other vehicles were also affected by the incident.

A male occupant of the truck was ejected from the truck, landing on the roadway some 20 metres below.  He was transported to hospital by Ambulance Victoria in a critical condition.

Paramedics also attended to the other persons injured in the incident.

MFB crews have co-ordinated the stabilisation of the vehicle using heavy haulage tow trucks.  Two cranes have also been responded, one on the ground one on the freeway, to assist with the safe removal of the truck.

Specialist MFB appliances, including Heavy Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and High Angle Rescue (HART), are also on scene.

Victoria Police co-ordinated an evacuation of the areas directly below the incident. 

The incident is having a major impact on morning traffic, with significant delays and detours managed by VicRoads and CityLink.

Engineers will attend the scene to assess the structural integrity of the roadway.

Crews are anticipated to be on scene for some time.

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