Calder Freeway closed after fatal car crash

One person has died in a five-vehicle collision near Melbourne and traffic has come to a standstill on the Calder Freeway this morning. 

Two people have been taken to hospital and eight others have been treated at the scene after a truck collided with several cars about 6.30am. 

Police said they believed the truck drove over one vehicle, crushing it. The driver of the car, who is yet to be identified, died at the scene.

The crash has created traffic chaos and major delays in the area with all three inbound lanes near Kings Road closed as emergency services assess the scene.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area and make alternate travel plans with the road expected to be closed for most of the morning.

Cars are being diverted by police at Kings Road to the Melton Highway and Western Ring Road. There are also heavy delays on the Melton Highway.

The accident comes during a horror morning on Melbourne's road, with two separate vehicle fires bringing the Western Ring Road and CityLink to a standstill.

Cars were banked up for several kilometres after a car caught fire on the Western Ring Road near the Hume Highway, while outbound lanes on CityLink were closed after a truck fire near the Burnley Tunnel.

Both roads have since reopened.

Footage from the scene in Taylors Lakes shows a large truck in the middle of the freeway with several heavily damaged cars scattered across the road.

The truck driver was taken to hospital for assessment while another driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating.

Ambulance Victoria confirmed two men had been taken to hospital in a stable condition, one to Royal Melbourne and the other to Sunshine Hospital.

Friday morning's fatal accident comes after a horrific smash in Point Cook on Thursday afternoon which claimed the life of a 28-year-old Hoppers Crossing man after a truck collided with a number of cars on the Princes Freeway.

On Thursday evening another man in his 60s died in Tullamarine after his was struck by a rolling truck about 5pm.

- The Age