How a heroic bystander followed a heavy haulage driver before he was found 23km away after allegedly fleeing the scene of a devastating crash where his truck ploughed into five mates – leaving two fighting for life
- Truck veered off the bitumen near the intersection of City Road and Power Street
- It smashed into a traffic light and the pedestrians, who are in their 20s and 30s
- Emergency crews arrived to find two people trapped inside the huge truck
- Two young men were rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the smash
A heroic driver who watched in horror as a group of five mates were allegedly mowed into by a haulage truck followed it for 23km after the driver fled the scene.
The truck veered off the bitumen near the intersection of City Road and Power Street in Melbourne’s Southbank at 7pm on Thursday, police say.
All of the group of five, four men and one woman all in their 20s and 30s, are now in hospital – with two in a critical condition.
Horrifying images from the scene shows medical equipment strewn across the road as paramedics desperately tried to help the group, with a battered traffic light showing the force of the impact.
Nearby residents recalled hearing harrowing screams as people rushed to help those injured.
Images from the scene (pictured on Thursday night) show total devastation, with a traffic light smashed to the ground and bicycles abandoned as Melburnians fled the horror
A man cradling his partner in his arms is seen speaking to paramedics at the scene of the crash on Thursday night, which left five people in hospital
Pictured: The Southbank intersection where the truck smashed into the pedestrians and a traffic light. Melburnians were quick to say the sidewalks in the area were a ‘death trap’
A witness to the scene followed the B-double truck and contacted police late on Thursday night with his whereabouts and he was then arrested in Truganina, 23km away.
Police say the driver mounted the path as he turned left, hitting the group and knocking the traffic light over.
The two men in a critical condition were taken to The Alfred hospital, with one suffering extensive low leg injuries.
The others, who also suffered lower body injuries, were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Paramedics are seen swarming the scene on Thursday night (pictured) as they battled to save the group and rush them to hospital
Melburnians talking about the crash online were quick to say the sidewalks in the busy Southbank area of the city were a ‘death trap’.
‘That particular bit of sidewalk’s been a death trap forever,’ one man wrote.
‘I’ve never felt comfortable standing on it, and often stood back.
‘It was way too small, and tilted at the road around the whole corner of that building.’
Another local replied to Victoria Police’s tweet about the incident, saying: ‘The new intersections in this area are SO dangerous for pedestrians.
‘It was always going to take an accident for anyone to realise how poorly planned that new area of Southbank is.’
Writing on a local Facebook group, one woman said bystanders rushed to gently lower the traffic light so it wouldn’t fall directly on the injured group.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 18000 333 000.
All of the group of five, four men and one woman all in their 20s and 30s, are now in hospital – with two in a critical condition (pictured, police at the scene on Thursday night)