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‘Miracle’: Truck driver survives 20m drop after smashing into bridge

A truck driver has plunged more than 20 metres off a bridge and lived to tell the tale in what police are describing as a “miracle”. The 36-year-old man was driving his semi-trailer northbound on the Calder Freeway when it veered and struck a concrete safety pillar at the Spring Creek Bridge in Malmsbury about…

A truck driver has plunged more than 20 metres off a bridge and lived to tell the tale in what police are describing as a “miracle”.

The 36-year-old man was driving his semi-trailer northbound on the Calder Freeway when it veered and struck a concrete safety pillar at the Spring Creek Bridge in Malmsbury about 5.20am.

The rig plunged off the bridge between the north and southbound lanes, crushing the cabin.

The driver was trapped for more than two hours before being freed.

He has been flown to hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The northbound lanes of the Calder Freeway are expected to be blocked all day.

Motorists are urged to use the Calder Highway through Malmsbury, Taradale and Elphinstone to the Pyrenees Highway, then rejoin the Calder Freeway.

“The Calder Freeway will likely remain closed for some time as emergency crews conduct the recovery operation,” a Department of Transport alert read.

“The Calder Freeway will open as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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