A Victorian truck mechanics business is facing charges over a fatal crash in the state’s north-east that claimed the lives of three people, including a four-year-old boy.

A BP petrol tanker detached from a truck at Staghorn Flat, about 20 kilometres south of Wodonga, in August 2014, hitting two cars and killing two women and the boy.

WorkSafe on Tuesday filed charges in the Wodonga Magistrates Court against local business Heavy Mechanics Pty Ltd for failing to ensure a person was not exposed to risk, with the matter scheduled for a committal hearing in March.

The charges come in the same week two major truck accidents resulted in injuries and traffic chaos on one of Melbourne’s busiest arterial roads.

truck lost control and rolled on the Western Ring Road at Broadmeadows on Tuesday, spilling scrap metal across the freeway.

In a horror pile-up on Monday, a truck collided with multiple cars and a traffic light on the Western Ring Road at Fawkner, leaving a man in his 30s in a critical condition and seven others, including an 11-year-old girl, seriously injured.

Investigations are continuing into the causes of this week’s truck crashes in Melbourne.

Extracted from SMH.