Police believe excessive speed was the main factor in a horrific rollover accident which killed a man on McCallums Creek Road on Friday evening.
Investigating the accident, Senior Constable Brian Smith of Maryborough Highway Patrol said gouge marks at the scene suggest the 28-year-old Ballarat man’s Holden Commodore rolled eight to nine times after smashing through a fence at Mount Glasgow.
“This one seems to have been speed and all the others (on McCallums Creek Road recently) have as well,” Sen Con Smith said.
Friday’s fatal accident, which happened at about 8 pm, is the fourth serious car accident, and the third rollover, to occur on McCallums Creek Road in the past year or so.
“This is the third that I’ve been to in the past year and the fourth to have happened in about the last year that I know of,” Sen Con Smith said.
Police from Maryborough’s Highway Patrol Unit are continuing to investigate the fatality, but believe the driver may have reached speeds of up to 140 km on the 100 km zoned stretch.
Sen Con Smith said the car had left the road just after negotiating a bend while heading south toward Ballarat at 8 pm.
Police investigating say that just minutes before the accident another motorist, from Kerang, noticed the speeding Commodore as it passed him.
Sen Con Smith says the Kerang motorist then found the smashed car shortly after it overtook him.
An off duty CFA officer who had been travelling in the opposite direction was believed to have been the first on the accident scene.
Sen Con Smith, among police who attended the accident scene said the man’s next of kin had been notified.
“People have just got to get it into their heads to slow down,” he said.
“People are using it (McCallums Creek Road) as a short cut to Ballarat because it by-passes Talbot.
“But if they’re speeding, the road is catching them out.
“Even if you reduced the speed limit, these people are going so far over the limit that dropping it back to 80 or 90 is not going to stop them.
“This was not on a windy stretch. It was on a straight stretch.
“They’ve just got to slow down.”
The fatality brings the state’s road toll to 108.