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Delays on Eastern Freeway, Maroondah Highway after hours of traffic mayhem in morning peak

Two crashes cause major delays on roads out of the eastern suburbs. Photo: Joe Armao
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Two crashes cause major delays on roads out of the eastern suburbs. Photo: Joe Armao

Two crashes cause major delays on roads out of the eastern suburbs. Photo: Joe Armao

The Eastern Freeway has reopened after hours of traffic mayhem in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs’ when two major arterial roads were blocked by crashes.

Crashes on the Eastern Freeway and the Maroondah Highway cancelled the escape route for each other during Melbourne’s morning peak.

In the first crash, a truck carrying wet clay collided with two cars on the Eastern Freeway at Box Hill. The freeway was blocked inbound between Springvale and Elgar roads for four hours while emergency services workers cleared the debris.

Three people, including the truck driver, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Later at 10.30am, a cyclist suffered severe head injuries in an accident on the Maroondah Highway.

The male cyclist, in his 20s, was struck by the vehicle on Whitehorse Road, near the Laburnum Street train station, in Blackburn.

He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition.

“He suffered serious head injuries and a suspected fractured arm and fractured pelvis,” an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

It is believed the resulting traffic congestion along Middleborough Road and Whitehorse Road may have contributed to the second crash.

“A lot of things are happening adding to the traffic havoc in Blackburn,” a VicRoads spokesman said.

Traffic on Whitehorse Road is being diverted along Canterbury Road.

While the freeway was reopened, VicRoads director of road operations Dean Zabrieszach warned that drivers should still expect heavy delays.

“VicRoads is managing traffic around these sites and changing traffic light sequences in the area,” Mr Zabrieszach said.

“We ask drivers to check VicTraffic online for information and updates and to delay travel through the area if possible,” he said.

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