Baby girl is in a critical condition, her two-year-old sister is dead and their parents are in hospital after a truck ploughed into their car on a busy Melbourne highway
- A two-year-old girl has died in a horror smash and her sister, one, is in hospital
- Their parents, age 37 and 35, were also pulled from their wrecked Volkswagen
- A truck carrying grain smashed into three cars on a busy freeway on Monday
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An entire family is in hospital with a baby girl fighting for life after a horror highway smash killed her two-year-old sister.
The little girls, from Caulfield South in Melbourne’s south-east, were sitting in the back of a Volkswagen SUV when a semi-trailer carrying grain crashed into their car and two others on Melbourne’s Calder Freeway just after 2.30pm on Monday.
Their mother, 37, and father, 35, were airlifted to the Alfred Hospital, and the one-year-old girl was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The toddler tragically died at the scene.
Emergency crews rushed the Diggers Rest scene on the Calder Freeway in Melbourne ‘s north west, just after 2.30pm on Monday
A man travelling in a separate vehicle is also in critical condition after being trapped underneath the truck until firefighters cut him free.
He was airlifted to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Police told Daily Mail Australia the crash is still under investigation, but have pleaded for anyone who may have seen the crash to come forward.
Distressing images showed grain and debris strewn across the highway, which was closed when emergency services arrived on the scene.
Onlookers said the wreckage was the worst they’d ever seen.
A two-year-old girl died. Her sister and parents are in critical condition after a horror smash on a busy freeway (pictured)
‘Drove past this just after it happened and I felt sick to my stomach. Terrible,’ one woman wrote on Facebook.
Others who were stuck in traffic as a result said they broke down when they saw the tragedy on the news.
Confronting dashcam footage shows the moment the truck ploughs into several vehicles entering a 40km/h roadwork zone.
A car in front of the semi-trailer appears to swerve into the right-side lane, prompting the truck to do the same.
But the truck crashes into the back of a vehicle and a massive multi-car collision follows, ending with the semi-trailer toppling over.
Aerial images show the large truck which was carrying grain, on its side with grain covering much of the road (pictured)
‘This is a catastrophe, this is an absolute disaster,’ Detective Sergeant Mark Amos told The Age imploring motorists to slow down.
‘It’s monumentally frustrating to see this sort of stuff… take your time, slow down, look after each other.’
The 42-year-old truck driver has been released by police, pending further inquiries.
Aerial images showed the large truck on its side with the grain covering much of the road.
Debris from other cars was also strewn across the freeway including a vehicle that was towing a boat.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.