A two-year-old has died, while four others, including a baby, have been critically injured in a major crash involving a semi-trailer and three cars on the Calder Freeway in Melbourne.
The collision occurred about 2.30 pm when a semi-trailer carrying grain struck three cars, including one towing a boat, on the Calder Freeway in Diggers Rest near the Bulla Road overpass.
A two-year-old child who was in the backseat in one of the cars has died.
Detective Sergeant Mark Amos said a one-year-old who was also in the car is fighting for life, and also the children’s mother and father.
Sergeant Amos said a driver of another car, a man, was also in a critical condition.
“This is just a catastrophe. It’s an absolute disaster,” he said.
Firefighters worked to free the victims from the cars, with one man having been trapped in his car under the overturned truck.
The male driver of the truck is in police custody.