Girl, 9, killed as sheep truck rolls
The scene of the fatal crash in Muntham, near Coleraine. Photo: Warrnambool Standard
A nine-year-old girl has been killed in a truck rollover in Victoria's south-west.
The girl from Murray Bridge in South Australia was travelling with three other people in a fully-loaded sheep transport, which crashed about 3pm on Tuesday.
Police believe the B-double truck, travelling east along the Glenelg Highway in Muntham near Coleraine, left the road on a bend before rolling down an embankment.
The girl died at the the scene, while a 25-year-old woman was flown to The Alfred hospital with serious injuries.
Another girl, aged six, and the driver, a 37-year-old man, were taken the Hamilton Hospital, which is about 40 minutes away from the crash site, with non life-threatening injuries.
All four were from Murray Bridge in South Australia, police said.
Investigators are appealing witnesses, particularly the driver of a car seen near the site before the crash, to learn what might have caused the truck to leave the road.
Fairfax regional media reported the truck bore the markings of Crane Livestock Transport from Naracoorte in South Australia.
A police spokeswoman said less than half the sheep where injured and destroyed by local rangers at the scene. The Department of Primary Industries were also present, she said.
People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.