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Officers actions described as ‘extraordinary’

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Source: SAPOL

The speed limits have been altered on the South Eastern Freeway, since the disastrous accident at the Toll Gate a few weeks ago . Country drivers are reminded to take noticed of these changes when travelling to Adelaide. Another potential accident was averted by quick thinking  police officers today.

‘The action taken by two police officers to narrowly avoid a traffic disaster on the South Eastern Freeway has been described as “extraordinary”.

The Victorian truck driver involved in the incident has been reported for driving without due care and regulatory offences.

About 11.45am a police patrol from the Eastern Adelaide traffic section was driving on the up-track of the freeway on a routine patrol when they noticed a truck coming out of the tunnel with smoke coming from its wheels.

Realising the vehicle was in trouble, the officers made a u-turn, activated their lights and sirens and contacted traffic management to arrange control of the traffic lights.

The lights at the Glen Osmond, Portrush, Cross roads intersection with the freeway were turned green to allow the truck, under escort by the police vehicle, to travel through the intersection.

The police patrol continued to escort the truck until it was able to safely stop near Glen Osmond Rd and Wattle St.

Following an inspection of the vehicle, police will allege the prime mover had oil in its air tanks, which meant the brakes were malfunctioning, and that neither trailer had working brakes. It will also be alleged the second trailer had cracks in the suspension and axel components.Superintendent Bob Fauser, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch, said the officers involved had done an “extraordinary thing” today with their actions potentially preventing a disastrous accident.

No one was injured in the incident.

The driver, 32 from Croydon South in Victoria, was reported and the SA Police investigation into the company is continuing.’

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