He said early indications were drugs and alcohol were not a factor, but police would continue to investigate speed, road conditions and the vehicle involved.
The incident occurred where the 60km/h speed limit from Alexandra Parade increases to 100km/h for the Eastern Freeway.
Detective sergeant Luke Miller told reporters at the scene that early indications suggested speed was a factor in the collision, along with “wet, slippery” road conditions from the rain.
He said it was fortunate that the incident occurred during the early hours of the morning when there wasn’t significant traffic.
“It will be traumatic for the family of the worker, I can’t express my condolences [enough].
“To put a message out there: if you are driving, please drive within the conditions. Don’t speed and obey the road laws. This is yet another example of a collision that’s occurred this year that was preventable.”
A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said the Eastern Freeway was expected to be closed for some time while investigators processed the scene.
As of 10.30am on Wednesday, VicTraffic advised the Eastern Freeway outbound remained closed at Hoddle Street.
All outbound traffic on Alexandra Parade was being diverted via Wellington Street to Queens Parade and Heidelberg Road to the Chandler Highway. All northbound traffic on Hoddle Street was continuing on to Heidelberg Road.
Drivers were being asked to allow extra time to traffic through the area.
Anyone who witnessed the crash, with dashcam footage or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
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