Nice clickbait title from 9 news as usual, nothing unexpected there.
Anyway, I don't know why an acid tanker would be in that particular part of the city, it strikes me as odd since an acid tanker of that size is more likely to be servicing heavy industry, anyway I guess the truth will come out in due course.
The driver may have been lost, and obviously screwed up his turn. A 64 year old driver implies experience, but that's not a given.
Having taken a look at the intersection in question it is definitely possible to get around that corner in a B-double without running over the footpath, but it would definitely require setting up correctly - use the next lane in from the turning lane while blocking the turning lane with your trailers, then swing deep into the intersection and turn hard, the dog trailers tyres shouldn't even touch the kerb.
Obviously it also makes a difference as to what kind of B-double it was, a 19-20m 'pocket' double, or the standard 26m double?
I did fuel deliveries around Melbourne back in the noughties in a 19m double and some areas were tight even in one of those.
As for trucks in general being around the city, as long as you have commercial enterprises around the city, you will need trucks. End of.
For trucks passing the city, as mentioned previously, dangerous goods vehicles are not allowed in the tunnel and for good reason - remember the 2007 Burnley tunnel fire? Allegedly that was caused by one of the car fuel tanks igniting, so, 50-ish litres of petrol.
Now imagine a semi carrying forty-odd thousand litres of fuel catching fire down there.... yeah, not a scenario anyone wants to occur.
Any non-DG, non-oversize trucks will use the tunnel, so no problems of being in the city with them.
Alternate routes. 8502 mentioned going around the top - which is possible... except that inevitably trucks will have to use major roads to go from the Western Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway, something I'm sure the local residents will be thrilled
about, of course, East-West link was supposed to provide a solution to this buuuut the usual NIMBYs had their day and it got canned (for now).
Also the roads the trucks would need to use in those suburbs, Greensborough, Montmorency, Templestowe, Eltham, are all quite hilly and aren't well suited to trucks anyway. Hills = increase in noise, pollution, and road wear from heavy vehicles.
Bevans solution to put containers on the train from the docks to the east could work sure, but I doubt it would have the affect he envisions - as a truckie heading from the docks to the eastern suburbs I'd never go via the city hauling a container when Citylink/tunnels/Monash freeway is right there
. The only reason a container hauler would be in the city is if it was to be delivered somewhere in that area, probably not in the city itself, but a nearby inner suburb.