Witness appeal for border checkpoint crash

Victorian police are looking for witnesses to a fatal truck crash at the main COVID-19 border checkpoint with South Australia.

A truck driver was killed when his rig slammed into the back of another waiting at the checkpoint, which then hit a third truck about 2am on Thursday.

All three vehicles were engulfed in flames.

The driver of the first truck, a 46-year-old Parafield Gardens man, died at the scene.

The driver of the second as well as his passenger were hospitalised but have since been released, while the driver of the third truck was uninjured.

The crash happened just two hours after South Australia closed its border to travellers from Greater Melbourne because of a growing cluster of coronavirus cases.

A number of trucks had queued up on the Victorian side waiting to move through the new checkpoint.

On Thursday South Australian authorities launched an investigation into the management of the border.

Victorian detectives are looking for dashcam footage from the area around the time of the crash.

Police say road diversions are expected to be in place this weekend.

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