Truck driver charged with major Calder Freeway accident that killed a small child

That lorry Driver involved in a collision with several vehicles on the Calder Freeway in Victoria’s Northwest that killed a small child and seriously injured several others has been charged.

The 42-year-old Donald man has been charged with criminal driving resulting in death following the accident in Diggers Rest on 6 December.

Investigators claimed the grain truck he was driving collided with a number of cars on the highway near the Bulla Road crossing around 2:30 p.m.

Rescue workers at the scene of a fatal crash on the Calder Freeway near the Bulla-Diggers Rest Road junction, about 35 km from Melbourne CBD. (Paul Oak)

A two-year-old Caulfield South girl, a rear seat passenger in a car with four people, died on the spot.

Her parents and sister, a 35-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman and a one-year-old girl, all sitting in the same car, were all left in a critical condition.

Another driver, a 62-year-old man from South Melbourne who was driving a Toyota Hilux that was trapped under the truck, was also left in a critical condition.

The woman remains in the hospital in a stable condition while others all since have been discharged from the hospital.

The truck driver has been released to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in May.

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