ALMOST 19 tonnes of sliced cheese had to be dumped on Saturday, after the refrigerated truck carrying it from New South Wales to Dandenong tipped on Myrtlebank-Fulham Rd, north-west of Sale.
The truck failed to negotiate a bend just before the bridge between the Sale-Heyfield and Sale-Maffra Rds about 5pm, and the truck tipped onto the grass verge.
The driver was lucky to escape injury and was helped from the vehicle by passing motorists.
However, due to health and safety regulations, the sliced cheese — which was undamaged — had to be discarded.
It took emergency services almost six and a half hours to right the vehicle and empty the load of cheese by hand, however, the road was closed for less than one hour.
Police said the accident was still being investigated.