Hume Highway crash in Chiltern, Victoria: Four people killed in smash with B-double truck are identified as two couples aged in their seventies
- Four people died when a truck slammed into a car
- They were two couples on a road trip from Melbourne
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Four people who died when a truck allegedly ploughed into a Subaru Forester were two married couples aged in their 70s on a road trip from Melbourne, police have revealed.
The B-double truck collided with the SUV at the intersection of Wenkes Rd in Chiltern, 36km south-west of Albury near the NSW border, just before 10:30am on Thursday.
Victorian Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Glenn Weir said the the group had stopped for a coffee break before heading back onto the Hume Highway.
‘For whatever reason, [they] have failed to give way at the intersection and been struck by a B-double and they have all been killed straight away,’ he said.
He described the situation as ‘horrible’ and said it highlighted that a lack of concentration on the road can have tragic outcomes.
The male truck driver, 30, was just one hour into a 12-hour road trip when the crash occurred.
Emergency services are pictured at the scene of the crash at Chiltern on Thursday
‘The poor old truck driver who is just doing his job, driving along, and then is confronted with something that he has absolutely no control over,’ Mr Weir said.
‘That will live with him for the rest of his life as well.’
The truck driver was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries with a mandatory test later confirming he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
The truck belonged to Ron Finemore Transport, which is based in Wodonga.
The company’s managing director Mark Parry said the company would assist with the investigation.
‘Our thoughts are with the people who were in the vehicle and their extended family, as well as the first responders,’ he said.
Mr Parry said the conditions were clear, and visibility did not appear to have been a factor.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, has dashcam or CCTV footage, or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The male truck driver, 30, was just one hour into a 12-hour road trip when the accident occurred (scene pictured)