70 sheep dead after two trucks plough through Lillimur flock

THE Western Highway willbe shut for part of Wednesdaynear Kaniva after two trucks ploughed into a flock of sheep on Tuesday night.
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Horshampolice Sergeant Jason Bergen said more than 70 sheep died.

Hesaid the trucks were travelling east on the Western Highway at Lillimur at8.50pm when they smashed into the flock, which had escaped from a nearbyproperty and wandered onto the road.

“Thefirst truck jackknifed on the road, and the second had extensive damage to thefront,” he said.

Thedrivers were uninjured.

Sgt Bergensaid leaking fuel mingled with the sheep carcases, smeared along the road’ssurface.

He said theWestern Highway was closed for a period of time.

Sgt Bergan said heavy haulage attended, but were unable to remove the trucks.

He said the trucks were left on the side of the Western Highway, pendingheavy haulage’s return.

“Thehighway will be closed again for short period of time while they recoverthe trucks,” he said.

Sgt Bergen said another truck sped through the sceneat 2.20am,while emergencyservices and council workers were working to clear the road.

“AnotherB-double truck drove through clearly displayed 80km and 40km signs and collidedwith a council vehicle,” he said.

Thecouncil car was doing traffic control.

SgtBergen said the driver was uninjured, although their vehicle sustained somedamage.

“Thedriver was issued a penalty notice for careless driving,” he said.

Hesaid the driver put their own safety and the safety of all those still clearingthe road in danger by failing to slow down.

“It’sa good reminder for people – if they see flashing light or signs telling themto do 80 or 40 kilometres an hour, they’re there for a reason,” he said.

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