Harrowing dashcam footage has emerged of the moment a massive sign above Melbourne’s Tullamarine freeway collapsed on a passing car yesterday afternoon.
Nine News journalist Lana Murphy shared the video on Twitter, demonstrating the sudden and unexpected collapse which injured the car’s 53-year-old driver.
EXCLUSIVE: This incredible dash cam vision just in to the @9NewsMelb newsroom shows the moment a giant road sign plummets from a gantry crushing the 4WD below. Somehow the 53 YO woman escaped serious injury, expected to be discharged from hospital today. pic.twitter.com/3PwxpQeovV
— Lana Murphy (@LanaMurphy) January 9, 2019
The driver was admitted to Royal Melbourne Hospital last night with arm and neck injuries. She was reported as being in a stable condition.
Somehow, the sign – perched above the inbound exit for Bulla Road and Bell Street, near Essendon Airport – did not damage any other vehicles, despite falling directly onto the freeway.
Major Road Projects Victoria is set to thoroughly investigate the shocking incident.
A spokesperson from Transurban, the firm which handled the contracts to build that section of freeway, told ABC that other similar signs were tested for safety overnight.