Driver rescued from burning truck in Melbourne without injury


Four fast-acting Melbourne police officers saved a truck driver from potentially life-threatening injuries after they pulled him from a burning truck in Essendon yesterday afternoon.

Police were called after reports a truck crashed into a bridge on Mt Alexander Road about 12pm.

The truck then toppled on its side and crushed a car in the right lane before catching fire.

It is believed the impact of the crash dislodged tram cables under the bridge and caused the truck to catch fire.

Attending police observed the driver of the truck become trapped in the burning vehicle and quickly smashed a window in order to pull him to safety.

Thankfully the driver, a 30-year-old man, escaped injury and is now assisting police with enquiries.

The brave officers, from Transit and Moonee Ponds uniform, were checked over by paramedics with one sustaining minor injuries.

The driver of the impacted car, a 56-year-old woman, witnessed the truck crash and was able to get out of her vehicle before it crushed her car.

The fire has since been extinguished however motorists are advised Mt Alexander Road will be closed between Willow Street and Grice Crescent while emergency services rehabilitate the scene.

Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

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