One man has died in a horrifying fiery crash after his car veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an LPG tanker on the Mornington Peninsula.

The black Mercedes sedan crashed into the petrol tanker on Dandenong-Hastings Road about 8.15pm on Thursday, with both vehicles bursting into flames.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 49-year-old Hastings man, died at the scene.

But the truck driver miraculously managed to escape his burning cab, with only minor cuts and grazes.

The car was found about 200 metres from the crash.

Police have been told the Mercedes was travelling south, when it crossed on to wrong side of the road, crashing into the tanker, which was transporting about 63,000 litres of liquefied petroleum gas.

The crash caused a huge blaze that brought more than 30 fire trucks to the scene and initially prevented paramedics from getting close.

At the height of the blaze about 100 firefighters were battling the fire, a CFA spokesman said.

The intense heat of the blaze melted the truck’s tyres, but firefighters managed to stop the tanker exploding.

About 30 firefighters remained at the scene at 7am on Friday.

“They’re still there and they’re going to be there most of the day decanting the tanker,” the spokesman said.

Acting Senior Sergeant Russell Sephton said the CFA was controlling the site.

“It’s going to be a long drawn-out process just making the scene safe,” he said. ‘It’s going to be about six hours by the time they at least get the gas out of the tankers.”

Despite the blaze, he said the tanker was “surprisingly intact”.

Dandenong-Hastings Road is expected to be closed between Bungower Road and Tyabb-Tooradin Road for most of Friday, and possibly into the weekend.

There are reports that heat from the massive blaze may have damaged the road.

The CFA has issued an emergency advice warning asking the public to avoid the area due to a chemical hazard.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Extracted from SMH

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