One of the trucks was carrying cans of aerosol and was destroyed by fire. (ABC News: Ben Nielsen)
A truck driver was killed and his vehicle destroyed when a rear collision triggered a fire on the main road from Adelaide to Melbourne.
- Two trucks collided near Monarto around 2:30 in the morning.
- One of the vehicles carried cans of aerosol and caught fire
- The 56-year-old driver died on the spot.
Two trucks collided around 2:30 am on the southeast motorway near Monarto in Murraylands in southern Australia.
The rear truck, carrying aerosol cans, caught fire, which then spread to the nearby grass and woods, requiring several Fire Department teams to put out the fire.
"The driver of the delivery truck, a 56-year-old man from Parafield Gardens, unfortunately died on the spot," police said in a statement.
The front truck was carrying cars, but its driver – a 52-year-old Melrose Park man – avoided injuries, police said.
The road remained closed for traffic in both directions and was not expected to reopen until late today.
Deviations occurred between Callington and Monarto and the drivers were advised to wait long delays.
The rear truck was destroyed by flames and the scene was littered with debris from the accident.
Emergency services remained on site, along with SA Police Major Crash investigators.
In recent weeks, police have repeatedly urged drivers after a state toll increase – which is 33, compared with 19 in the same period last year.
Yesterday, a cyclist was killed after being hit by a ute in the Younghusband, which is also in the Murraylands between Mannum and Swan Reach.
A 37-year-old Goolwa motorcyclist and a 42-year-old man from Mount Crawford were also killed on the roads in southern Australia this week.