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Charges laid over chicken truck crash

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It’s alleged that a truck driver had told his boss he needed to rest before the truck he was driving crashed in February 2020. A transport company and a sub-contracted manager are now facing charges over the incident.

The truck was carrying live chickens when the accident happened on Remembrance Drive in Cardigan, Victoria.

An extensive investigation into the crash was conducted by the Victoria Police Heavy Vehicle Unit, which led to the current category 1 and 2 charges under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The charges refer to a breach of duty creating risk of serious injury, illness, or death.

NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said the heavy vehicle driver was lucky to escape with his life.

“The company and manager are now being charged with the most serious offences under the HVNL for failing to fulfil their primary duty obligations, which put the driver and other road users at serious risk,” Hughes said.

The matter will next be heard on May 20, 2022 at The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in Victoria.

Details about the transport company and manager have not been released.

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