Ballarat breakfast report: December 5


Just when you thought winter was well behind you...

Ballarat will shiver its way through a bitterly cold day today, with the top temperature forecast to reach just 12 degrees.

Despite being the fifth day of summer, there is likely to be showers, possible hail and even snow as low 1100-metres.

We've said it before, but we should be able to give the final wave to winter after today, however.

Tomorrow is expected to hit 17 degrees, before a glorious weekend with tops of 24 and 26 predicted.


Ballarat police did not report any incidents overnight, but a tragic scene is still unfolding on the Western Freeway.

Two people are dead after a head-on truck crush near Stawell last night, with a third man fighting for his life.

The fatal collision happened when a B-double truck, travelling along the Western Highway at Black Range, collided head-on with a semi trailer about 11.30pm on Wednesday.

A third truck driver was unable to stop his vehicle in time and also slammed into the wreckage.

Fire then swept through all three vehicles, prompting a major firefighting effort which lasted several hours.

Two bodies, which are yet to be identified, were discovered inside the debris.

The Western Highway is expected to be closed until at least midday as police investigate the cause of the accident.


Just the one call out for a smoke alarm in Ballarat overnight, but a number of fire crews hit the highway last night to assist in the horror crash on the Western Highway.

A further crew is currently en route with a protective equipment van, in what is expected to be a monumental clean up operation.

Volunteers from Sebastopol and Ballarat City fire brigades also attended the fiery scene.


The lone survivor from the truck crash is still fighting for his life at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne.

The man, in his 50s, was flown by plane to Melbourne this morning, where he is in a critical condition.

He is suffering severe burns to his entire body, including airway burns and multiple fractures.


State Emergency Service crews from Ballarat, Ararat and Stawell also attended the truck crash near Stawell.

There, the volunteers' main role was to provide lighting and assist police as emergency crews continue to work through the wreckage.

The crash was the only call out for SES volunteers in the region.


All Victorian trains, including the Ballarat line, are running on time this apart from the Bendigo line, which is delayed for 15 minutes due to a train fault.


Thoroughbred injured after vandals throw explosives into paddock

Civic Hall demolition application to be lodged next month

Meredith Music Festival organisers cracking down on trespassers


We will meet the only girl enrolled at Cape Clear Primary School next year, the school's first girl in two years. 

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