B-double trouble for learner

IF you thought the time you failed your P-plate licence was bad enough, spare a thought for this wannabe truck driver.

A Wangaratta man failed his truck driver’s licence yesterday when he got the B-double he was driving wedged on a guard rail on the Lincoln Causeway in Wodonga.

The crash closed both north-bound lanes and the Hume Freeway off-ramp for about an hour.

Wodonga Highway Leading Sen-Constable Guy Tinsley said the driver, 32, veered off the Hume Freeway about 1.30pm and was taking the turn north onto the Lincoln Causeway when he lost control.

“The instructor thought, ‘I’ll let it go, it might get round’,” Sen-Constable Tinsley said.

The truck instead came onto the nature strip and was wedged on the guard rail, with the poles holding up the rails becoming stuck between the truck’s tyres.

Neither the driver nor instructor was injured.

A welder was used to cut the guard rail from beneath the truck and the road was re-opened about 2.30pm.

The instructor told police he had never had anything like it occur in his 14 years of testing drivers.

He told police if he had of advised the driver how to take the turn, it would have also constituted a fail on the test.

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