Girl dies in sheep transport crash

A GIRL was killed and a woman seriously injured in a truck crash near Coleraine yesterday afternoon.

Two adults and two children from Murray Bridge in South Australia were travelling east on the Glenelg Highway in the fully-loaded sheep transport when it left the road on a bend and rolled down an embankment, police said. 

The nine-year-old girl died at the scene.

Police, paramedics and CFA crews attended the crash at Muntham, between Coleraine and Casterton, about 2.45pm. 

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said an air ambulance flew a woman with serious injuries to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

A man and a girl were taken to Hamilton hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The B-double semi bore the markings of Crane Livestock Transport of Naracoorte, South Australia.

Late yesterday police would not confirm if they were all from the one family. 

Traffic was diverted around the scene and police remained on site last night.

Many of the sheep were killed in the crash and Department of Primary Industries staff were called to put down others that were badly injured.

The girl’s death took the state’s road toll to 255, three down on last year. 

Police have called for witnesses, particularly a motorist in the area at the time.

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