One lane of the Princes Highway is closed due to a truck crash

One lane of the Princes Highway remains closed Tuesday morning after a semi trailer carrying a large load of cheese from Bega rolled at 10.30pm on Monday night.

Emergency services are at the scene and expect to continue unloading the cheese before the truck can be removed.

The truck rolled and skidded to a halt 100 metres down the hill as it was heading north along the highway coming through Jerrawangala. 

Cheese spill clean up

The body of the truck cut off both lanes of the highway effectively blocking off traffic. At some stage traffic was banked up past Wandandian as drivers waited for the accident to be cleared. 

The loud crash alerted local residents who immediately phoned emergency services and went to the aid of the driver.

The driver, a young man from Bairnsdale Victoria, was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The truck was carrying about 20 tonnes of cheese. The company had to recover the cheese and take it back to the factory to be weighed for insurance purposes.

Emergency services and volunteer Rural Fire Brigade members spent most of the night at the site. 

An industrial tow truck was called from Wollongong to help drag the truck to one side after the accident to open one lane to traffic.

The highway is expected to be completely closed for about one hour later Tuesday morning.

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