A driver has died in a “massive explosion” that shook nearby houses after his car collided with a tanker on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
The B-double truck carrying LPG collided with the car on the Dandenong-Hastings Road in Tyabb at 8:00pm on Thursday night, police said.
The truck driver was able to escape the flames, which spread onto the road, and was taken to Frankston Hospital for observation.
The 49-year-old driver of the car died at the scene.
Somerville Highway Patrol Sergeant Peter Martin said it will be a lengthy clean-up operation, but it could have been much worse.
“The diesel tanks of the petrol tanker, the propellant, they split open and the diesel spread up and down the road,” he said.
“The engine bay and the the rest of the chassis of the car caught fire. The entire truck was engulfed but, luckily, the tanks were designed to withstand it and they did withstand it.”