A man involved in a crash at Albury on Friday has died in hospital.
About 5.30pm on Friday, August 24, Phillip Jackson, 59, from Carrum Downs in Victoria, was driving a fully laden B-double south on the Hume Freeway.
Police said the heavy vehicle left the road about one kilometre north of the NSW-Victorian border and went down a slight embankment.
The vehicle then continued across a service road, and through a large fence, before the entire truck came to a stop semi submerged in a large dam.
Police and several members of the public arrived soon after the crash and attempted to assist Mr Jackson. Two police officers and members of the public entered the dam and removed Mr Jackson from his vehicle unconscious.
He was taken to the bank and attempts were made to resuscitate him.
Ambulance paramedics attended and conveyed Mr Jackson to Albury Hospital, where he died yesterday.
Police are investigating the incident and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:
FRIDAY - August 23 - A TRUCK driver is in hospital in a serious condition after his B-double semi-trailer ended up in a dam after running off the Hume Freeway between Albury and Wodonga last night.
Albury detective acting Inspector Chris Wallace said the driver may have become ill and lost consciousness, before the crash .
The truck, travelling south with a load of steel, left the highway near the East Street exit at 5.30pm.
It veered across Willowbank Road and through a fence before landing in the dam.
Insp Wallace said the cabin and trailer were partly submerged.
Other motorists and two police lifted the unconscious driver from the cabin and carried him through water to dam’s bank.
They performed CPR until paramedics arrived and continued the life support effort for another hour.
The driver was taken to Albury hospital where he is in a serious condition.
Half an hour after the crash, there were two minor collisions on the Hume Highway.
Insp Wallace said those involved in those crashes had not been driving to the wet conditions.
“We’re requesting the community and anyone using roads to drive to the conditions,” he said.
“It has been very wet and we have had two fatalities this week.
“It taking its toll on the community.
“People need to slow down.”