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Firefighters took nearly three hours to free a woman who was trapped in her truck after crashing into a rail bridge in West Melbourne.
The woman's truck slammed into the Lloyd Street rail bridge about 7.20am on Friday.
Senior Sergeant John Mason said it appeared the 54-year-old delivery driver veered to the right as she approached the bridge, possibly because she realised her truck was too high. She then collided with a concrete pillar.
Fire crews frantically try to free the trapped truck driver. Photo: Eddie Jim
Emergency services frantically tried to free the woman, who was conscious, but stuck in the truck's cabin by her arm.
Her son arrived at the scene soon after the crash and watched on as firefighters carried out the delicate operation to free his mother from the wreckage.
Firefighters constructed a wooden bolster to prevent the carriage of the truck from tipping over as they set about dismantling part of the cabin.
The truck against the Lloyd Street rail bridge. Photo: @JimmyTraffic
The woman was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition after finally being freed about 10am.
Ambulance Victoria team manager Alan Eade said it was incredibly lucky the woman was not more seriously injured.
She suffered injuries to her head, chest, pelvis and legs and was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Senior Sergeant Mason said the police investigation would consider the adequacy of signs that warned about the height of the bridge, including a sign about 100 metres away near the intersection with Dynon Road.
It was unclear if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he said.
Metropolitan Fire Bridge assistant chief officer Martin Braid said the complex operation took some time.
"We're currently in the process of dismantling the vehicle so we can get the driver of that lorry extricated," he said at about 9.30am.
"We've got concerns about how entrapped that driver is ... It's a very complex and arduous task to release this driver."
The truck wreckage remained at the bridge and the road was still closed to traffic between Arden Street and Dynon Road at 11am.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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