A driver was killed in a three truck accident near the Victoria-South Australia border that reintroduced travel restrictions for COVID-19 overnight

Victoria Police investigators were told that a truck crashed into the back of another stationary truck at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning at 8 p.m., two hours after South Australian authorities slammed the state border with Victoria, in response to one growing COVID outbreak in Melbourne closed

A witness photo of the fiery accident in which a truck driver was killed overnight on the Victoria-South Australian borderCredit: 3AW

The South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens confirmed the accident during a traffic jam at the border

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He said that South Australian police were occupying the checkpoint on the Western Highway in Serviceton, just a few miles from the border, when the collision occurred

The driver of the first truck died on the scene and has yet to be officially identified, according to Stevens, two other truck drivers were hospitalized with minor injuries

Callers on the talkback radio reported massive lines, unsafe conditions, and too few police officers operating the checkpoint overnight on Wednesday

“There were four police officers controlling that border stop and you had thousands of people trying to get through,” said Dan, an ABC Adelaide caller who crossed the border shortly before the crash

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Paul Freestone, managing director of Freestone’s Transport, said he understood from the drivers at the scene that traffic had been secured for many miles at the time of the accident

“There were 150 cars and it [the line] was all the way back to Kaniva,” he told Melbourne radio station 3AW [A truck driver] came by and he didn’t know they were all stopped and he was also hauling chemicals

Mr Stevens said “logistical problems” had prevented the force from sending more officers to the border at short notice after the government decided to close the border

“We have certain logistical problems and challenges as we bring people to remote parts of the state,” he said

The police superintendent defended his armed forces, saying drivers should be aware of the possibility of traffic jams if borders are closed

“This is really a tragic set of circumstances in which a person lost their life, but the reality is that we have been doing these checkpoints for months and months”he said

“There will always be obstacles on our roads and people need to remember to drive to the conditions and be aware of changing circumstances”especially freight drivers”

Emergency services and investigators were on site Thursday morning, and the Western Highway should remain closed in both directions until at least Thursday evening

Vehicles heading for South Australia are instructed to make a 150-kilometer detour on the Wimmera Highway in Horsham

On the South Australian side of the border, the Dukes Highway will also be closed for several hours because of the crash

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersviccomau

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Source: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/truck-driver-killed-in-crash-near-victoria-sa-border-checkpoint-20210211-p571gx.html