Passenger in truck involved in deadly Western Highway bus crash charged by police


July 12, 2019 10:56:20

A woman who was a passenger in a truck involved in a fatal bus crash in Victoria’s west has been charged by police with drug trafficking offences.

Key points:

  • Two trailers detached from the truck and were hit by a bus, killing its driver
  • The 36-year-old truck driver was interviewed by police last night
  • A 22-year-old passenger in the truck has been charged with possessing a drug of dependence

The crash occurred about 2:00am on Thursday when two trailers detached from a B-double truck and fell across the Western Highway near Horsham, blocking the road.

A bus behind the truck was carrying 45 passengers when it smashed into the underside of one of the trailers.

Bus driver Emil Pich, 60, was treated by paramedics but died at the scene from his injuries.

Two other passengers were flown to hospital with serious injuries and dozens of others were treated at the hospital in Horsham.

Police last night interviewed the 36-year-old Murray Bridge man who was driving the truck before they released him without charge.

A 22-year-old female passenger from the truck was also from Murray Bridge and has been charged with trafficking, possessing and using a drug of dependence, police said.

She has been taken into custody and is expected to appear at the Ararat Magistrates’ Court today.













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