Hunt for Porsche driver who fled after truck collided with two police vehicles, killing four cops 

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The criminal driver of a Porsche 911 who was pulled over moments before a truck hit and killed four police officers took photos of the gruesome scene and posted them on Facebook before fleeing on foot.  

The driver of the black luxury car was pulled over for travelling 140km/hr in a 100 zone on the Eastern Freeway, near Kew in Melbourne at 4.50pm on Wednesday.

Police allege the 41-year-old man behind the wheel had an ‘extensive criminal history’ and tested positive to drugs in an oral fluid test.

A female senior constable and three male officers were standing in the emergency lane preparing to impound the car when a refrigeration truck hit them from behind.

The truck driver suffered a medical episode and blacked out after slamming into the two police vehicles and luxury car, tragically killing all four officers. 

In a chilling twist, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the Porsche driver took photos of the horrific car crash scene and posted them on Facebook before fleeing on foot. 

Commissioner Ashton said investigators had spoken to the Porsche driver overnight, who indicated he would turn himself in to a police station on Thursday.  

The police car that arrived at the scene was crushed by a refrigeration truck about 5.40pm on Wednesday

Four police officers were killed when they were struck by a truck (pictured at the tragic scene) in Melbourne, marking the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Victoria's history

Four police officers were killed when they were struck by a truck (pictured at the tragic scene) in Melbourne, marking the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Victoria’s history

The black Porsche sped past him and was gone in a flash - as seen on dashcam footage from March 21

The black Porsche sped past him and was gone in a flash – as seen on dashcam footage from March 21

Commissioner Ashton said the driver of the truck was taken to hospital following the incident, where he remains under police guard. They are hoping to interview him on Thursday.

‘He is from Cranbourne and we did a warrant through the night at his premises,’ he said. ‘What was found at that premises is still the subject of ongoing investigation.’ 

Police believe the truck veered into the emergency lane and travelled ‘some distance’ before colliding with the cars – and officers – at about 100km/h. 

It comes as chilling footage emerges of the Porsche speeding down the same highway a month before it was involved in the accident.

Motorist James Tsagros saw the exact same car ‘flying’ down the same freeway at ‘scary’ speeds on March 21. 

When officers from the road policing drug and alcohol unit pulled the Porsche over on Wednesday night, they made the decision to impound the luxury sports car.

They called a nearby highway patrol car for backup. As the officers arrived, the refrigeration truck ploughed into all three stopped cars, killing the two senior constables and two officers as they stood in the emergency lane. 

Emergency services took the bodies of the four police officers away from the scene

Emergency services took the bodies of the four police officers away from the scene

Pictured: Moments before the truck ploughed into the officers and the Porsche, as officers speak with the driver in the emergency lane of the freeway

Pictured: Moments before the truck ploughed into the officers and the Porsche, as officers speak with the driver in the emergency lane of the freeway

Emergency services were called to the scene to remove the truck, as well as the three crushed cars

Emergency services were called to the scene to remove the truck, as well as the three crushed cars

The Porsche was filmed speeding down the highway a month prior to the accident on Wednesday (pictured)

The Porsche was filmed speeding down the highway a month prior to the accident on Wednesday (pictured)

The driver of the black Porsche 911 fled on foot and remains on the run on Thursday, though officers know who he is and expect he will turn himself in. 

Shattered police colleagues and emergency workers across Australia have since paid tribute to the fallen officers in what is the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Victoria’s history.    

The ages of the female senior constable, one male senior constable and two male constables killed have not yet been released.

One of the male constables had recently joined the police force, while another had reportedly been part of the team for eight years – leaving behind a devastated wife and children.

The truck ploughed into two parked police cars and a black Porsche, which is pictured covered in a blue tarp. The driver of the luxury sports car allegedly fled the scene

The truck ploughed into two parked police cars and a black Porsche, which is pictured covered in a blue tarp. The driver of the luxury sports car allegedly fled the scene

Chief Commissioner Ashton said detectives were trying to piece together what led to the crash, but labelled the tragedy a ‘crime’. 

When asked why homicide detectives were at the scene on Wednesday night, he replied: ‘Those officers (who died) have been victims of a crime.’  

The tragedy rocked Victoria Police to its core and eclipses the loss of three officers gunned down by bush ranger Ned Kelly in the state’s north-east in 1878. 

Word quickly spread throughout the force as grieving officers changed their Facebook profile photos to one of a fallen angel in honour of their dead colleagues. 

‘It’s absolutely f***ed… Trying to find out exactly what happened… A real horrible and shocking tragedy,’ one shattered officer wrote.

‘No words,’ another posted alongside a photo of the Victoria Police emblem.  

Many officers changed their Facebook and Twitter profile photos to a fallen angel after hearing four colleagues had been killed

Many officers changed their Facebook and Twitter profile photos to a fallen angel after hearing four colleagues had been killed

The tragedy has rocked officers and emergency service workers throughout the nation

The tragedy has rocked officers and emergency service workers throughout the nation

Many of the killed officers’ colleagues changed their Twitter profiles to the same fallen angel picture.

‘To my Victoria Police colleagues, first responders, investigators and most importantly the families of officers- my heart goes out to you all,’ one wrote.

‘This is an incomprehensible tragedy… I have no more words but to say look after each other & reach out to your support networks. Take care.’ 

Victoria Police was inundated with heartfelt tributes on its social media pages from police stations and fire brigades from interstate and overseas.

‘From a station of only two officers in the Great Southern of WA, to lose four of your finest, our thoughts are with the families, colleagues and greater Victorian police family, and for those who responded be you police, ambulance or firefighters. Rest In Peace comrades,’ Dumbleyung Police tweeted.

SA Metropolitan Fire Service added: ‘The thoughts of all SA Metropolitan Fire Service firefighters and staff are with Victoria Police and the families of the four on duty officers. Devastating news for the close-knit emergency services sector in Victoria and all loved ones impacted. Sending our love from South Australia.’ 

Pictured: A body being removed from the scene

Pictured: A crane trying to hoist the truck

Emergency services were on the scene on Wednesday night to remove the wreckage from the scene on the Melbourne freeway

Victoria Police was inundated with heartfelt tributes from interstate colleagues

Victoria Police was inundated with heartfelt tributes from interstate colleagues

The tragedy unfolded just after 5.40pm on the Eastern Highway near the Burke Road exit at Kew. 

Commissioner Ashton said it was a tragic night for police.

‘I believe this is largest single loss of police life in one incident in the history of Victoria Police,’ he said.

‘There’s an eerie quiet down there [at the scene], everyone down there is feeling it at the moment. 

‘It can sometimes seem mundane and then can suddenly seem very very tragic.’

The four officers will unlikely be honoured in a traditional large scale police funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.

Funerals are limited to 10 attendees.

‘If we’re still in restrictions, we won’t be able to have those large scale remembrance ceremonies we traditionally have to honour our police officers,’ Commissioner Ashton said. 

Police confirmed one female and three male officers were killed in a horror crash in Melbourne

Police confirmed one female and three male officers were killed in a horror crash in Melbourne

The crash on Melbourne's busy Eastern Freeway sparked chaos on Wednesday night

 The crash on Melbourne’s busy Eastern Freeway sparked chaos on Wednesday night

Debris from the fatal crash was scattered along the Eastern Freeway, which remains closed

Debris from the fatal crash was scattered along the Eastern Freeway, which remains closed 

Police Association Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said the deaths have floored the police force.

‘This will be felt in every police station, in every mess room, in every watch-house across the state tonight,’ he told reporters late Wednesday.

‘Those members, today, when they started their shift came to work expecting to protect the community. That much they did do. That much we are proud of them for doing.

‘These police officers were doing something that we do 10 times, 20 times, 30 times a shift – intercepting a motor vehicle on the side of the road, this is the bread and butter of policing,’ he told reporters.

‘This isn’t stuff that you go to do and expect to be killed doing. But each and every time a police officer does that for the next little while, they’ll have this in the back of their minds, there’s no doubt.’

Witnessed described the scene as carnage.

‘There were civilians trying to run around and help, it was horrible,’ one told the Herald Sun.

Dan Smith was heading outbound along the freeway when he saw at flashing lights, least 12 to 14 police cars and several ambulances at the scene.

‘The police members were sprinting from their cars,’ he told the Age.

‘I could see the truck and then I saw the crumpled mess of the Porsche.’

A half-crushed silver highway patrol car was sitting on the grass on the median strip.

It's understood a semi trailer (pictured) ploughed into two parked police cars and a Porsche

It’s understood a semi trailer (pictured) ploughed into two parked police cars and a Porsche

All lanes of the Eastern Freeway are closed due to a fatal crash involving a truck (pictured)

All lanes of the Eastern Freeway are closed due to a fatal crash involving a truck (pictured)

Political leaders have offered their condolences to the fallen officers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison ‘Awful, heart-breaking news that four police officers have been killed while on duty in Melbourne tonight. My deepest sympathies go out to their families, fellow officers and friends at this terrible time,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese added: ‘Heartbreaking news out of Victoria. These officers were killed while doing their jobs – a terrible reminder of the risks taken by police and emergency workers every single day. My deepest condolences to their families, friends and everyone at Victoria Police.’

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also penned a heartbreaking tribute.  

‘Tonight, somewhere in our city, four families’ hearts are breaking. Our hearts are breaking with them,’ he said.

‘We grieve alongside them – just as we grieve with every member of Victoria Police and every member of our emergency services family.

‘In the coming days, formal investigations will tell us why – how – this could possibly have happened.

‘But one thing is already clear:

‘Though we may not yet know their names – we will always call them heroes.

Police minister Lisa Neville later announced that flags will be flown at half-mast at Victoria’s Parliament House on Thursday following the ‘unimaginable tragedy’

Witnesses described the scene of Wednesday night's horror freeway crash as carnage

Witnesses described the scene of Wednesday night’s horror freeway crash as carnage

‘They [the victims] are Victorian heroes tonight,’ she said.

‘Victoria Police have done an incredible job the past few weeks. Now is the time to really thank them.

‘Just a thank you, a nod, a wave … to send a strong message … a positive message and thank police for the work that they do. 

All lanes of the Eastern Freeway were closed between Bulleen Road and the Chandler Highway for most of the night as officers from the homicide squad and major collision units investigated.

The Coroner also visited the scene on Wednesday night.

Photos of the scene show a damaged police highway patrol car and an SUV that had been struck near a large, white semi-trailer.

The black Porsche crumpled beneath the truck was covered in a blue tarp. 

Police urge anyone who witnessed or has information in relation to the crash to contact Crime Stoppers. 

Four police officers were killed in the horror crash. Pictured is the tragic scene

Four police officers were killed in the horror crash. Pictured is the tragic scene

Traffic was banked up on the Eastern Freeway for more than a kilometre due to the crash

Traffic was banked up on the Eastern Freeway for more than a kilometre due to the crash

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