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Crash bike overtook 'like I was standing still'

Witness tells 3AW how he saw two people killed in a crash between a motorbike and a truck in Melbourne's south-east.

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Two people have been killed in a crash between a motorbike and a truck in Melbourne's south-east this morning.

The motorcyclist and his male pillion passenger died at the scene of the crash in Dingley Village about 7.45am.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the motorcyclist and his passenger collided with the truck at the intersection of Westall and Rowan roads at 7.45am.

The damaged motorbike at the site of the deadly crash.

The damaged motorbike at the site of the deadly crash. Photo: 3AW reporter Yvette Gray

Roadworks were taking place along Westall Road, where the speed limit had been reduced to 40km/h.

A witness named Mark told radio station 3AW that the motorbike was attempting to overtake another vehicle when it slammed into the side of the truck.Mark said the motorcyclist sped past him as he was driving at 40km/h.

‘‘This motorbike went past me like I was standing still,’’ he said.

‘‘A car made a right-hand turn from Westall Road into Rowan Road and the motorbike undertook another car in the outside lane and just slammed into the side of the truck full throttle.’’

Mark said an off-duty nurse and doctor tried to help the men, before paramedics arrived a short time later, but it was too late.

‘‘They worked on one of them for a little while but he passed away on site,’’ Mark said.

He said he spoke to the truck driver at the scene.

‘‘I went over to him. He was standing there by himself,’’ Mark said.

‘‘I tried to console him. He was all right but I said to him ‘Look, it’s not your fault. What could you do?’ ‘‘He said ‘Yeah, I saw him coming a fair distance away but he came very quickly’.

‘‘This poor bloke’s going to live with that for the rest of his life.’’

Mark said he had spoken to police about what he had witnessed.

Officers from the major collision investigation unit are on their way to the crash scene, and motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

Police appealed for anyone who saw the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

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