Truck crashes on rail tracks at Goulburn

A truck driver was lucky to escape serious injury on Saturday morning when his truck crashed on to rail tracks near Goulburn on Saturday morning.

The 39-year-old West Australian man was driving north on the Hume Highway at Yarra when he blacked out, he told police.

His white Kenworth B-double veered off the road, collided with an armco railing and crashed onto the railway line at about 2.45am. 

His male passenger alerted police, who found the man “slumped over” on the side of the road with a large amount of blood on his face. The passenger was rendering first aid. The driver complained of a sore shoulder and had lacerations to his head. An ambulance conveyed him to Goulburn Base Hospital.

Police said he told them he had been feeling sick before he blacked out at the wheel and denied he had fallen asleep at the wheel. A check of the vehicle’s log book revealed no non-compliance issues with fatigue management.

However police will submit a question of driving fitness to the Roads and Maritime Service.

The wreckage was cleared from the track later that day, with some interruption to rail services.

Storage shed break-in

Fifteen storage sheds in Cathcart Street, west Goulburn, were broken into on Thursday.

Police said the locks were cut on all of the sheds within the complex but items were stolen only from one. These included furniture and boxes of paperwork. A full list is yet to be provided to police.

Officers were alerted to the break and entry at 2.20pm. There were no witnesses or CCTV footage.

Crime scene investigators have examined the sheds for fingerprints.