Crash causes Princes Freeway chaos

Motorists experienced hour-long delays on Tuesday following two collisions on the Princes Freeway near Moe.

Latrobe Highway Patrol was called to a single vehicle crash at 9.20am on Tuesday.

LHP Acting Senior Sergeant Jason Hullick said a 22 year-old man from Hazelwood South was driving east along the Princes Freeway about 200 metres west of the Waterloo Road overpass when the collision occurred.

He said wet weather and slippery conditions contributed to the driver losing control of his 2003 silver Holden Commodore and colliding with rope barriers on the right side of the road.

The vehicle then spun to the left side of the road, colliding with the outer lane rope barriers where the car came to a stop.

“The driver was uninjured and investigations reveal the car had unroadworthy tyres,” Act Snr Sgt Hullick said.

“The cause of the collision was an unsafe vehicle.”

The driver was breath tested on scene and no alcohol was present.

He was issued with an infringement notice.

A short time later police members conducting traffic direction on the freeway witnessed a second collision.

Act Snr Sgt Hullick said at 10.25am a white Nissan Pulsar, driven by a 23 year-old man from Moe, collided with the back of a tray truck about one kilometre east of the Moe-Newborough freeway exit.

“This truck has then collided into another vehicle, a Holden Viva, which was travelling in the next lane,” Act Snr Sgt Hullick said.

He said it was a low speed impact, due to traffic delays from the first incident, and the six people involved – four occupants in the Pulsar, a 49 year-old man from Bunyip in the truck and a 27 year-old Churchill man in the Viva – were uninjured.

“This incident is still under investigation,” Act Snr Sgt Hullick said.

He urged drivers to take care while driving in wet conditions, and said it was a timely reminder to check the condition of your tyres.

“These collisions caused significant delays on the freeway,” Act Snr Sgt Hullick said.

Local detours were in place for the majority of the day, with all westbound lanes closed until late afternoon.