A man in his 40s has been taken to hospital after a petrol tanker left the road and narrowly missed a pizza shop in Melbourne’s north on Tuesday afternoon.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Shaun McComish said paramedics were called to the scene at High Street in Northcote at 2:30pm.

Owner of nearby restaurant Gringo Vibes Mexican Cantina, Elijah Lagreze, said the injured man had been driving the petrol tanker when it appeared he had a seizure and the tanker rolled from the traffic lights toward the shop.

“It narrowly missed the pizza shop by about 10 centimetres,” he said. “The pizza shop sign just stopped it enough to prevent it crashing in.”

Mr Lagreze said a worker from the pizza shop attempted to help the man in the tanker.

“There were three or four police cars and definitely an ambulance. All the trams were stopped on the 86 line going north and there was police tape,” he said.

The driver of the petrol tanker has been taken to the Austin Hospital and is in a stable condition. There were no other casualties.

Trams have resumed and the petrol tanker has now been moved.

Extracted in full from The Age.