Man arrested after crash left five people in hospital

A man has been arrested and five people are in hospital, two with critical injuries, after a truck drove off the road in Melbourne’s inner south and collided with a group of pedestrians.

Witnesses told investigators that a truck drove off the road near the intersection of City Road and Power Street in Southbank at around 7pm before hitting a traffic light and the group of pedestrians on the footpath.

Two men suffered critical injuries and were rushed to hospital.Credit:Nine News

Detectives from Major Collision Investigation Unit were told by witnesses that a b-double tanker tried to turn left into Power Street from City Road about 7pm, but cut the corner and struck the group of pedestrians.

All five pedestrians – believed to be four men and a woman all aged in their twenties – have been taken to hospital, two of the men with critical injuries.

The other three people were all in serious but stable conditions.

The area has been cordoned off and the intersection is expected to be closed until Friday morning.

Police said the driver did not stop at the scene, but a passing motorist was able to provide details that led to the arrest of a 64-year-old man from Wyndham Vale.

The truck was found in Truganina.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or with dashcam footage to come forward and are seeking assistance to identify the driver.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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