Vic truckie charged with dangerous driving

Andi YuAAP
Five people have been hospitalised following a truck crash in Melbourne.
Camera IconFive people have been hospitalised following a truck crash in Melbourne. Credit: AAP

A man has been charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing injury after his truck ploughed into a Melbourne traffic light, seriously injuring five pedestrians.

Victoria Police have confirmed the 64-year-old Wyndham Vale man is in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Saturday over the incident in Southbank.

The driver did not stop to help the injured pedestrians after the crash near the intersection of City Road and Power Street on Thursday, police have alleged.

While performing a left-hand turn, the B-double tanker cut the corner and mounted the footpath before taking out the traffic light, which fell to the ground, police said.

Four men and a woman, all believed to be aged in their 20s to 30s, were injured in the crash and taken to hospital.

Two of the men are critically injured, while the three other pedestrians are in a serious but stable condition.

A motorist who saw the crash followed the truck as it continued to travel along Power Street.

The information they relayed helped police track down the truck at Truganina in the city's outer west and arrest the driver.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp said she had contacted Roads Minister Ben Carroll and local state MP Martin Foley to discuss "urgent safety measures" for the intersection.

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