VETERINARIANS were called in to destroy a large number of sheep after a truck rollover north of Winslow yesterday.
The double-decker truck was carting about 550 sheep to Midfield Meat in Warrnambool when it rolled just before 10am.
Police said the driver sustained minor injuries and was able to free himself from the cab.
They said it was fortunate the truck narrowly missed striking a power pole when it rolled on a sweeping bend on the Warrnambool-Caramut Road.
The truck, which was travelling south, ended up on its side on the eastern verge of the road.
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were called in to cut the rear section of the truck so the sheep could escape into an adjoining paddock.
More than 50 sheep had to be destroyed after being assessed by vets from the Department of Primary Industries and Environment.
The majority of the injured animals were travelling in the top deck of the truck.
Emergency services redirected traffic between Greenhills Lane and O’Keefes Road until about 2.45pm.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.