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Driver's simple mistake leads to dramatic flood in Westfield car park

The chaotic scenes at the Melbourne Westfield would undoubtedly have sent shoppers fleeing.

A truck driver who miscalculated the height of their vehicle caused flash-flooding at an Aussie shopping centre earlier this after it barrelled into a pipe in the car park.

The driver was pulling into Westfield Knox in Melbourne's east on Thursday when the back of the truck struck a pipe and sent water gushing down from the ceiling.

Footage shows water pouring everywhere and flowing all over the ground, including towards the entrance of the shopping centre.

The driver is seen pulling into Westfield Knox in Melbourne's east having struck a pipe with water gushing down.
The driver was pulling into Westfield Knox in Melbourne's east when the back struck a pipe and sent water gushing down from the ceiling. Source: TikTok

Nobody was injured during the ordeal, with a clean-up effort launched shortly after. It's unclear if the vehicle was damaged or what the fate of the driver is. The video shows the vehicle stationary with its hazard lights flashing.

Not the first time driver's misjudge height

It's not the first time drivers have miscalculated their vehicle's height and come into trouble. Truckies famously have difficulty sizing up Melbourne’s notoriously low Montague Street bridge, which has been the site of several collisions in the past.

The bridge has a very low height clearance of three metres and, despite signage all around the area warning large vehicles not to attempt driving beneath it, many regularly miscalculate the height of their vehicles collide with it, often becoming wedged under the bridge.

Melbourne's notoriously low-hanging Montague Street bridge.
Melbourne's notoriously low-hanging Montague Street bridge. Source: The Age

Last year, a truck driver copped a massive fine for travelling with a load "well over" the height limit for a Sydney tunnel. Having hit the gantry dongles — an overhead structure supporting equipments like cranes, signs or cameras — the driver then stopped right before the tunnel on General Holmes Drive in Mascot and moved into a nearby breakdown lane.

In 2022, a BMW driver failed to realise his rooftop load was higher than the two-metre clearance at a Coles car park and set off the fire sprinkler at the entrance in the process.

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