Two Victorian highway patrol officers intercepted the 911 Porsche, travelling at excessive speed, before 6pm on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway last night.
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Those two officers requested back-up and when all four were standing in the emergency lane of the freeway, making the decision to impound the speeding car, the tragic smash occurred.
“A large truck, a refrigerated truck, has then driven into these four police officers”, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said in an emotional press conference last night.
“The truck has also made considerable contact with the Porsche.
“The driver of the Porsche we don’t believe was injured but has taken it upon himself to flee the scene on foot. We are still making inquiries as to his identity and whereabouts.”
The driver, who The Herald Sunreports is known to police and not believed to be injured, has been told to come forward.
Mr Ashton said if the driver was watching the press conference: “I strongly suggest that he get himself down to the nearest police station”.
The truck driver was taken to the hospital for tests after he’s believed to have suffered some sort of medical episode.
“The driver of the truck has for medical reasons been taken to hospital for medical tests,” Mr Ashton said.
“It’s not believed he has suffered injury in the accident but has had some sort of medical episode at the scene and has been taken to hospital for medical treatment. We intend him to be there under police guard for some time.”
The death of the four officers is the single deadliest day for Victoria Police in history.
The four who died include a female senior constable, a male senior constable and two male constables, one of whom had only recently joined the force.
Premier Daniel Andrews issued a message of support to the families of the four officers late last night.
“Tonight, four police officers lost their lives in the line of duty. And tonight, somewhere in our city, four families’ hearts are breaking,” he said.
“Our hearts are breaking with them. But one thing is already clear: Though we may not yet know their names – we will always call them heroes,” he said.