Crews respond to Waaia truck rollover

Firefighters worked for hours into the afternoon on 9 February to conduct a washaway as a result of a truck rollover in Waaia.


The single vehicle rollover occurred at the corner of Waaia-Bearii Road and Katunga-Picola Road at around 4pm.

Four CFA units from Numurkah and Waaia attended the incident site with Fire Rescue Victoria crews on hand to support as well.

Incident Controller and Waaia Captain Shane Legge said crews arrived on scene to find a heavy rigid truck which has rolled into a dry dam.

“The truck has ended up in a dam around 15 feet from the road,” he said.

“With the help of passers-by, the driver was out of the vehicle by the time crews arrived.

“We were fortunate the truck had a rollover safety feature, which disconnected the power to the truck’s electrical system when it tipped, avoiding a potential fire.

“The truck was carrying approximately 11,000 litres of diesel and 3,000 litres of petrol at the time.”

“There was a minor spillage of both diesel and petrol coming from the truck, which crews cleared during washaway operations.”

Victoria Police attended the scene and the driver was handed into the care of Ambulance Victoria.

All crews brought the incident under control at 6.02pm and an external tow company assisted firefighters in bringing the truck back to its wheels

At 7.50pm the truck was removed from the dam and moved to the road and a stop was issued on the incident.

“All crews on scene worked really well together,” Cpt Legge said.

“There was a lot of experience on hand and it was seamless working alongside our neighbouring brigades.”

Author: CFA Media