Look for Porsche driver who fled after the truck collided with two police vehicles, killing four officers
A Porsche driver on the run after fleeing the scene of a horror accident that killed four police officers was urged to turn himself in.
A female senior officer and three male officers were killed on Wednesday night on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway after a refrigerated truck plowed into two police cars and a black Porsche 911 parked in the hard shoulder.
Shattered police colleagues and aid workers across Australia have since paid tribute to the fallen officers for the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Victoria history.
The officers had intercepted the Porsche driving at ‘too high speed’ along the highway and were preparing to seize the luxury sports car before the tragedy hit.
A manhunt is underway for the runaway Porsche driver who fled the scene on foot after the crash, leading to a plea from Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
‘I strongly suggest that he go to the nearest police station to impersonate, “Chief Ashton reporters told Wednesday evening.
Four police officers were killed when they were hit by a truck (pictured in the tragic scene) in Melbourne, causing the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Victoria history
The truck plowed into two parked police cars and a black Porsche, pictured covered with a blue tarp. The driver of the luxury sports car is said to have fled the scene
The ages of the female senior agent, one male senior agent, and two male agents have not yet been released.
One of the male officers had recently come to the police.
The truck driver remains in hospital under police surveillance.
Commissioner Ashton said investigators were trying to find out what led to the crash, but called the tragedy a “crime.”
When asked why homicide investigators were on the scene Wednesday evening, he replied, “Those (deceased) agents are the victims of a crime.”
The tragedy that shook the Victoria Police to its core eclipses the loss of three officers shot in 1878 by northeastern state bushranger Ned Kelly.
The word quickly spread across the force as grieving officers turned their Facebook profile photos into one of a fallen angel in honor of their murdered colleagues.
“It’s absolutely damned … Trying to figure out exactly what happened … A truly horrible and shocking tragedy,” wrote a shattered officer.
“No words,” posted another next to a photo of the Victoria Police emblem.
A woman wrote: “As a police officer daughter, I am absolutely heartbroken and sad to hear this. They paid the ultimate price and made the sacrifice so great. ‘
Many officers turned their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures into a fallen angel after hearing that four colleagues had been murdered
The tragedy has turned Victoria police upside down
Many Twitter users have also changed their profile picture of the fallen angel.
“To my VicPOl colleagues, first responders, investigators and especially the families of officers – my heart goes out to all of you. This is an incomprehensible tragedy … I have no words other than to take care of each other and contact your support networks. Watch out, ”a man tweeted.
Victoria police were inundated with heartfelt tributes on the social media pages of police stations and fire departments at home and abroad.
“From a station of just two officers in the Great Southern of WA, to lose four of your best, our thoughts are with the families, colleagues and the larger Victorian police family, and for those who responded you are police, ambulance or firefighters . Rest in peace comrades, ”Dumbleyung police tweeted.
SA Metropolitan Fire Service added: The thoughts of all SA Metropolitan Fire Service firefighters and personnel are with the Victoria Police and the families of the four officers on duty. Devastating news for the close-knit emergency services sector in #Victoria and all the loved ones affected by it. Sending our love from South Australia.
Victoria police were flooded with heartfelt tributes from colleagues across the states
The tragedy occurred just after 5:40 PM on the Eastern Highway at the Burke Road exit at Kew.
Before the crash, two officers intercepted the Porsche, which was speeding on the highway, and asked for help when they decided to confiscate the vehicle, and two other members arrived soon.
The refrigerator truck plowed into the officers shortly after.
The truck driver was brought to hospital under police surveillance with non-life-threatening injuries after suffering a medical episode. It is not known whether he suffered the episode before or after the crash.
The police are waiting for the results of the truck driver’s blood analysis.
“(The truck) entered the Porsche and was thrown into the police in the collision,” said Commissioner Ashton.
“It is not believed that he was injured in the accident, but had some sort of medical episode on the spot and was taken to hospital for medical treatment. We intend to keep him under police surveillance for some time. ‘
“We don’t know at this stage why he drove that truck into our police officers.”
“If he can be interviewed, he will be interviewed.”
“We don’t know at this stage why he drove that truck into our police officers. We are still figuring that out in terms of why that happened. ‘
Commissioner Ashton said it was a tragic night for the police when they tried to summarize what had happened.
“I think this is the greatest loss of life for the police in one incident in Victoria police history,” he said.
“It is terribly quiet down there [at the scene]Everyone down there feels it right now.
“It can sometimes seem mundane and then suddenly very tragic.”
The four agents are unlikely to be honored in a traditional large-scale police funeral because of coronavirus limitations.
Funerals are limited to 10 participants.
“If we are still in restrictions, we will not be able to hold the large-scale commemorative ceremonies that we traditionally have to honor our police officers,” said Commissioner Ashton.
Police confirmed that one female and three male officers were killed in a horror crash in Melbourne
The crash on Melbourne’s busy Eastern Freeway caused chaos on Wednesday night
Debris from the deadly crash had spread along the eastern highway, which is still closed
Police association secretary Wayne Gatt said the police were hit by the dead.
“This will be felt tonight at every police station, in every messroom, in every guardhouse in the state,” he told reporters on Wednesday evening.
“Those members came to work today as they entered the ministry expecting to protect the community. They did that much. We are so proud of them to do.
“These police officers did something that we do 10 times, 20 times, 30 times per service – intercept a motor vehicle on the side of the road, this is the bread and butter of the police,” he told reporters.
“These are not things you are going to do and expect to be killed. But every time a police officer does that in the near future, they have this on their mind, no doubt about it. ‘
Witness described the scene as a massacre.
“There were civilians trying to run around and help, it was terrible,” said one of them Herald Sun..
Dan Smith drove out of the highway when he saw flashing lights, at least 12 to 14 police cars and several ambulances on the spot.
“The police officers sprinted out of their cars,” he said Age.
“I could see the truck and then I saw the Porsche’s crumpled mess.”
A half-crushed silver highway patrol car sat on the grass on the central reservation.
It is clear that a trailer (photo) has been plowed into two parked police cars and a Porsche
All lanes of the eastern highway have been closed due to a fatal truck accident (photo)
Witnesses described the scene of the highway crash on Wednesday night as a massacre
Political leaders have expressed their condolences to the fallen officers.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘Terrible, heartbreaking news that four police officers have died while on duty in Melbourne tonight. My deepest condolences to their families, fellow officers and friends in this terrible time, ”tweeted Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese added, “Heartbreaking news from Victoria. These agents were killed while at work – a terrible reminder of the risks police and aid workers take every day. My deepest condolences to their family, friends and everyone at Victoria Police. ‘
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews also wrote a heartbreaking tribute.
“Tonight, somewhere in our city, the hearts of four families are breaking. Our hearts are breaking with them, ” he said.
“We mourn next to them – just as we mourn every member of the Victoria Police and every member of our emergency services family.
“In the coming days, formal investigations will tell us why – how – this could possibly have happened.
But one thing is already clear:
“While we may not yet know their names, we will always call them heroes.
Four police officers were killed in the horror crash. The tragic scene is depicted
Police Minister Lisa Neville later announced that the flags will be raised at half mast in Victoria’s Parliament House on Thursday after the ‘unimaginable tragedy ‘
‘They [the victims] are Victorian heroes tonight, “she said.
“The Victoria Police have done a fantastic job in recent weeks. Now is the time to really thank them.
“Just a thank you, a nod, a wave … to send a strong message … a positive message and thank the police for the work they are doing.
All of the Eastern Freeway lanes were closed for most of the night as officers between Bulleen Road and the Chandler Highway of the murder committee and large attack units.
The coroner also visited the scene on Wednesday evening.
Photos of the scene show a damaged police patrol on the highway and an SUV hit by a large white trailer.
The black Porsche crumpled under the truck was covered with a blue tarp.
Police urges anyone who has witnessed or has information related to the crash to contact Crime Stoppers.
Due to the crash, traffic was on the eastern highway for more than a kilometer