Operator flips machine into ditch during works on Beechworth-Wodonga Road

A MACHINERY operator has spent half-an-hour stuck inside a 45-tonne machine after tipping the vehicle over.

The roadworks employee had been using the profiling machine on the Beechworth-Wodonga Road at Wooragee on Monday morning.

The device drove over soft soil on the road edge, causing it to roll about 8.50am and land in a ditch.

The 62-year-old Baddaginnie man was trapped inside the machine for about 30 minutes before being removed by paramedics and firefighters.

WorkSafe was notified of the incident, which occurred near Star Lane.

Acting Sergeant Justin Foots said the incident was not considered a motor vehicle crash as the machine was not registered and was operating in a designated roadworks site.

“He appeared to have minor injuries,” he said of the machine operator.

“He was able to walk from the vehicle after being freed from it by the paramedics.

“He was taken to hospital.”

Recent rainfall had caused the edge of the road to become soft, Acting Sergeant Foots said.

The works started in December and are expected to be finished by the end of July.

A Wodonga-bound turning lane is being installed between Edmondson Lane and Star Lane.

A 1.5 kilometre section of the road will have a permanent 80km/h limit from Friday. 

A roundabout at the Yackandandah turn-off is being built, along with a tunnel for cyclists under the Yackandandah  Road as part of the Beechworth to Yackandandah bike rail trail.

The road between Beechworth and Yackandandah will also have wider shoulders and barriers installed.

The Beechworth-Wodonga Road was listed as one of the 20 riskiest roads in country Victoria in 2016 following the five deaths and 14 serious injury collisions.

Police and paramedics were also called to a car rollover on the Murray Valley Highway at Koetong on Monday.

A woman in her 30s received serious neck injuries after her car rolled about 8.50am.

She was taken to hospital in a stable condition.