UPDATE: One person dead in horror tanker rollover

UPDATE: One person has been confirmed dead following a truck rollover that has brought a Melbourne freeway to a standstill.

It’s believed a car pulled in front of the fuel tanker, which was in the centre lane of the Calder Freeway in Keilor East, just after 8am on Tuesday.

The truck driver swerved and lost control of his B-double.


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It’s feared the death toll could rise, as Police are not sure if there are more people inside a car that was crushed in the rollover.

“Due to a significant amount of fuel still in the truck and on the road, police will need to wait for MFB crews to clear the scene before they can use equipment to cut into the crushed vehicle and further investigate,” police said in a statement.

Six other people are being treated in hospital for a range of injuries, but none are believed to be life-threatening. The truck driver suffered leg injuries.

The freeway is expected to remain closed well into the afternoon and into the peak run.

EARLIER: A Melbourne freeway remains at a standstill as crews continue to investigate a fuel tanker roll over.

The Toll truck overturned around 8am on Tuesday, colliding with several cars and spilling fuel.

The fuel spill led to a number of other accidents, causing havoc on the Calder Freeway in Keilor East.

At least six people have been taken to hospital with a range of injuries, while other people are reportedly ‘unaccounted for”. There were earlier reports of one death, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Crews are working to clear the scene as authorities look into what happened.