Truck driver charged after horror Eastern Freeway crash killed four police officers

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives charged Mohinder Singh Bajwa with four counts of culpable driving following a joint investigation by the Major Collision Investigation Unit and the Homicide Squad.

It is alleged police intercepted a Porsche inbound on the Eastern Freeway before the multi-vehicle collision occurred near Chandler Highway just after 5.30pm on 22 April.

Mr Singh Bajwa, 47, was taken to hospital where he remained until last night. He was being interviewed by police at Melbourne West police station on Sunday night for the first time since the crash.

Police have not yet revealed further details of the charges.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

The crash occurred after police pulled over a Porsche driver for allegedly speeding at 149km/h. Police decided to impound the 911 Porsche and called for back-up from other officers.

After they arrived at the scene and had left their vehicle, the large refrigerator truck collided with the vehicles in the emergency lane at 100 km/h and killed the four officers.

Mr Singh Bajwa was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital after reportedly blacking out following the crash and had remained there under police guard.

Picture: David CairdSource:News Corp Australia

The police who died in the accident were Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Joshua Prestney and Leading Snr Const. Taylor.

The Porsche was also hit and the driver is accused of fleeing the scene and of abusing and filming a dying female officer as well as fleeing the accident.

Charged with nine offences including reckless conduct, speeding, drug possession and drug driving, the Porsche driver appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday where he did not apply for bail.

Police allege he tested positive to cannabis and ice following the tragic incident.


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