More than 40 FRV firefighters responded to an incident in Tullamarine in the early hours of Friday morning, following multiple reports to Triple Zero (000) of truck crash.
Crews arrived at the Western Ring Road scene at 2.15am to find a large truck had crashed through the barrier and careered down an embankment, trapping the driver.
As the truck was carrying a chemical pesticide that had spilled onto the road, firefighters escalated the response and specialist FRV firefighters, including Hazmat crews were responded to the scene.
FRV Hazmat crews created an exclusion zone around the spill and worked to contain it.
Meanwhile, firefighters worked carefully to extricate the driver before they were transported to hospital in the care of Ambulance Victoria paramedics.
A community warning has been issued, advising the public to avoid the area if possible.
Victoria Police also attended to support with traffic management.
Firefighters will remain on scene to ensure it is safe.
FRV crews remain on scene and continue to work alongside Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria and other emergency services to clean up the hazardous chemicals.
Melbourne Water are also on scene assisting with clean up efforts.
Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the day and into the night to ensure the site is made safe.
Working with Melbourne Water to prevent any run off from the spill entering into the waterways
Reviewed 15 July 2022