Pilot vehicle clips oncoming truck
THE DRIVER of a pilot vehicle travelling with a wind farm component truck on Tuesday is expected to be charged with careless driving while on-the-job.
Leading Senior Constable Brendon Medley from Portland police’s highway patrol unit said an escort vehicle was travelling north behind a large wind farm component truck on the Henty Hwy north of Condah at about 7.30am when it got into trouble.
“The escort vehicle has moved right and hasn’t seen another truck coming (in the other direction); they clipped each other,” he said.
“The pilot vehicle driver believed he was going at 70km/h in a 100km/h zone.
“An impact was made on the driver’s door of the escort vehicle and it clipped the truck’s mirror and rubbed on the tyre of the truck’s trailer.”
The escort vehicle needed to be towed from the scene, and was moved by 9.30am.
Leading Senior Constable Medley said the wind farm components had been travelling from Portland when the incident occurred, and the component vehicle continued without that pilot car.
“The escort driver will appear in court on summons for careless driving,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hamilton residents faced an unusual road block on Wednesday morning when a wind farm blade being transported from Portland became caught on a power line, causing minor damage to the power pole.
The incident, which occurred about 6.20am at the Henty Hwy and Scoresby St intersection, was attended to by police and Powercor.
Hamilton Police sergeant, David Walkley said the wind farm blade had been transported from Portland.
“Powercor was on scene for about an hour until the truck and traffic all went on their way,” Sgt Walkley said.
In the case of an emergency, or if locals witness a road accident, they are encouraged to call Triple Zero.
• VicRoads director for Heavy Vehicle Services Eric Henderson said moving an over-dimensional load across the road network is “a complex and dynamic operation.”
“Our experts carefully plan and assess the best route before these massive loads hit the road, to mitigate any potential risk of damage to roadside infrastructure,” he added.
In a written statement, VicRoads said drivers of pilot vehicles must be trained and certified to accompany oversize vehicles and control traffic where necessary.
They noted that the cost of damage to roadside infrastructure must be covered by the wind farm developer or transport operator.
“A significant number of windfarm components have been successfully transported on this route along the Henty Highway. No other incidents of damage have been reported to VicRoads,” the spokesperson said.