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Vic woman in court over fatal tanker crash

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016

A woman has appeared in court accused of causing a horror smash in which a man was crushed to death by a petrol tanker on a Victorian freeway.

Keilor woman Sophie Williams is accused of pulling out in front of a tanker on the Calder freeway in May, causing it to swerve.

The 48-year-old appeared before Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Ascot Vale man Duc Nguyen.

Williams has also been charged with several other dangerous driving offences and causing serious injury to two people.

It's alleged she merged into an adjacent lane in the direct path of the fully loaded B-double tanker, which caused a crash with seven cars and another truck.

One car was crushed under the tanker, and the crash closed the freeway in both directions for almost 10 hours.

Williams is alleged to have recklessly engaged in conduct that "placed persons in danger of death", according to charge sheets.

The 48-year-old was charged over the crash on Wednesday and will remain on bail until her next court appearance.

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