Horror run on roads: one dead, four injured
POLICE are still counting the cost of last night’s horror run, with one man dead and four hospitalised on local roads.
A crash on the South Gippsland Highway on the Koonwarra side of the Tarwin River Bridge near Meeniyan (Thursday, July 25 at about 7pm), involved three vehicles and left a trail of destruction in its wake.
Meanwhile, a single vehicle accident east of Pound Creek – where a 29-year-old Tarwin man was killed after his Nissan Patrol utility left the Inverloch-Venus Road, crashed through several trees, a fence and some scrub before coming to rest in the paddock – went unnoticed until about 8am this morning, when the deceased man was discovered by a farmer.
The Meeniyan crash involved a 48-year-old woman from Leongatha travelling in a westerly direction, who sideswiped a four wheel drive vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Leongatha man and travelling in an easterly direction.
The woman’s car than had a head on collision with a utility driven by a 39-year-old Leongatha man, who was transporting his 14-year-old son and another 14-year-old boy from Koonwarra.
The Leongatha man and his son were conveyed by road ambulance for treatment at Dandenong Hospital. The man had chest and suspected spinal injuries. His son had a suspected broken ankle. The son’s friend was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital with suspected spinal injuries. The man driving the four wheel drive was conveyed to Leongatha Hospital with minor injuries.
The 48-year-old woman was trapped in her vehicle for a substantial period of time, before eventually being freed. She was later conveyed by air ambulance to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where she underwent surgery for abdominal injuries. She also has chest injuries.
Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash, including whether alcohol was a contributing factor.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Senior Constable Paul Malouf or Sergeant Jason Hullick from the Bass Coast Highway Patrol on 5671 4100.
Police say they will examine the circumstances leading up to the single vehicle crash at Pound Creek, but are unable to make specific comments at this time.
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