A bus driver has been killed and several other people have been injured following a horror smash on Melbourne’s Western Highway in the early hours of this morning.
Victoria Police confirmed that the driver, who has not yet been identified, passed away at the scene having suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash, while reports claim that at least eight others have suffered serious injuries as a result.
The incident took place at around 2am (AEST) this morning, with police suggesting that it happened after the trailers of a B-double truck became dislodged and blocked both lanes of the highway. The bus then crashed into the trailers.
“Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash which occurred on the Western Highway this morning,” a force spokesperson said in a statement.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene and treated the driver, who sadly could not be saved. Earlier reports from Victoria Police confirmed that two people had been transported to hospital for treatment, however this number has since been reported to have risen.
The highway was closed in both directions as a result of the fatal incident while detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit remain on the scene.
Victoria Police added: “Anyone who witnessed the incident or with dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report.”