Nagambie couple Gordon and Amy Purchase were taking their early-morning walk near the corner of Cemetery Lane and High St, Nagambie, about 6am today when they heard an almighty bang.
They swerved to look at where the noise came from and saw that a white Mercedes delivery van, while heading north, had veered off the road onto the eastern side of High St, and hit some trees with force that immediately stopped its run.
The smash caused the left side of the van to explode open and packed chickens, hams and small goods were strewn right around the front of the broken cab on the grass verge.
‘‘The cab had been concertinaed over the engine area and the front of the vehicle was separated from the rest of the cab,’’ Mr Purchase said.
‘‘The driver, a young man who was heading to Shepparton to drop off his goods, was lucky enough to crawl out of the crushed cab with just some cuts and bruises. He was able to walk, talk and move around after the incident.
‘‘A nearby resident called emergency services and Amy and I and other onlookers stayed with him. We waited until the ambulance came and the police and told them what we saw just after it happened.’’
Seymour police said the driver was taken to the Northern Hospital for treatment and tests.
A big clean-up of the damaged cargo and broken tree branches took most of the day to clear.
- Diane Grant