Incredible underwater escape

PHOTO: Emma Hillier
OFF THE RAILS: The truck mounted the guard rails before diving off the Hume Freeway, spilling groceries into the Ovens River on December 13, 2017. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

A MAN’S miraculous underwater escape from a truck that nosedived into the Ovens River from the Hume Freeway on Wednesday has left emergency services personnel scratching their heads.

The driver, aged in his 40s, was travelling southbound on the freeway around 5pm when his B-double truck veered off the right hand side of the road and impacted the railing.

“The truck mounted the ridge railing on the bridge before nosediving and flipping over in the Ovens River,” Senior Constable Patrick Murray of Wangaratta Highway Patrol told the Wangaratta Chronicle.

“The momentum of the two trailers packed with groceries behind him caused the entire vehicle to flip over, totally submerging the cabin.

“It’s a miracle that he got out and survived this crash.”

Sen Const Murray said police were on the scene as the driver emerged crawling out of the water.

He was immediately taken to a Wangaratta hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

“It was like something out of a Hollywood movie,” Sen Const Murray said.

“We’re still unsure how he got out after being totally submerged in water.

“To his credit, he had his seatbelt on, which has in all likelihood saved his life.”

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