A New South Wales van driver has suffered minor injuries after losing control of his van east of Panmure during a hail storm and sideswiping an oncoming truck.
Warrnambool police Sergeant Craig Jenkins said the incident happened at 11.45pm Sunday two kilometres east of Panmure on the Princes Highway.
A prime mover and semi-trailer were heading east on the Princes Highway when the 22-year-old driver from Geelong had to take evasive action.
A 37-year-old man from NSW lost control of the Mitsubishi van heading west has was driving during a hail storm.
The van sideswiped the truck and trailer before coming to rest on its side.
The driver of the truck was able to keep his vehicle upright.
One lane of the highway was blocked for about four hours while heavy haulage was called in to tow the van.
"The NSW driver has lost control as a result of the adverse weather conditions, in particular hail," Sergeant Jenkins said.
"The van driver suffered fairly minor head and body and was transported to the Warrnambool Base Hospital for assessment and treatment.
"The other driver was not injured. The van received damage and was towed from the accident scene."
Sergeant Jenkins requested all motorists drive to the weather and road conditions.
"It's winter and we have had some adverse weather and therefore adverse driving conditions," he said.
"Drivers need to slow down, leave extra space between yourself and the vehicle in front, be alert and stay safe," he said.
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