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Video captures runaway trailer on EastLink

The Advertiser 2019-06-11 16:44:00

A video has captured the frightening moment a runaway trailer detached from a truck on EastLink and travelled hundreds of metres on its own before crashing.

Two lanes were closed after the incident left 10 tonnes of clay spilt across the busy highway at 11.35am on Tuesday.

Incredibly, the trailer managed to avoid colliding with any other traffic and there were no injuries.

Footage shown on Channel 9 news showed the terrifying traffic mishap could have been much worse.

In the vision, the truck’s trailer can be seen breaking away from the truck, before continuing to roll in a straight line for hundreds of metres, heading southbound on the approach to the Monash Freeway exit.


The trailer gradually veered from the middle lane to the left lane and then smashed into a concrete barrier on the side of the highway.

Lanes were closed until 2.20pm as the EastLink incident response team cleaned up and arranged removal of the trailer.

The truck driver was uninjured.

It was believed a faulty tow bar was the cause of the load coming loose.

EastLink spokesman Doug Spencer Roy said it was a rare incident to see a detached trailer travelling independently such a long distance.

“It’s lucky that no other vehicles were hit,” he said.

In a separate incident, a car fire in the Burnley Tunnel at 3.50pm temporarily closed all lanes of the tunnel and led to major peak hour delays.

josh.fagan@news.com.au

Originally published as Runaway trailer takes terrifying trip on EastLink