A truck passenger who got out to check the load has been hit and killed by a passing crane on a Melbourne freeway.
Police say the truck pulled into an emergency lane of the Western Ring Road at Deer Park on Tuesday morning so the driver and passenger could make the inspection.
The passenger is believed to have been hit by the crane and died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.
The Ring Road is closed Greensborough bound and drivers are being urged to avoid the area.
VicRoads says motorists should exit at Ballarat Road, Deer Park, or earlier.
Chris Miller from VicRoads said there are lengthy delays and the road is expected to be closed for some time.
"It's just a hideous scene," he said.