Lucky escape from crash

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Police say it’s lucky someone wasn’t killed after a car was ripped in two following an horrific road accident at Eddington late Sunday afternoon.

A 22-year-old man from Maryborough was transported to The Alfred by air ambulance helicopter and two other people were conveyed by road ambulance to Bendigo after the two car collision on the Maryborough-Bendigo Road.

The Toyota Corolla, which was travelling towards Maryborough and the Holden Commodore wagon, travelling towards Bendigo, collided head-on just before 6 pm on Sunday evening.

Motorists travelling on the road witnessed the accident and offered assistance until emergency services arrived.

Leading Senior Constable Shaun Martin from the Central Goldfields Highway Patrol said the male driver was a single occupant in the Toyota, and a couple aged in their early 70s were travelling in the Holden wagon.

“The sole occupant of the Toyota Corolla appears to have lost control and travelled onto the incorrect side of the carriageway where he has been involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle,” Led Sen Con Martin said.

It is believed that the driver lost control after he left a bridge before colliding with the oncoming vehicle.

The 22-year-old male was critically injured and airlifted to The Alfred from the scene with head injuries and is currently in a stable condition.

The Kangaroo Flat couple were transported to Bendigo Hospital. The male driver with minor bruising and chest injuries from his seatbelt and the vehicle’s airbag, while his wife was taken to hospital with a broken ankle and lacerations.

“It’s lucky someone isn’t dead,” Led Sen Con Martin said.

“With one car being broken in half the carnage was a very high level.”

Debris and vehicle parts were strewn across a very large area.

Police are still investigating the accident and its cause.

“The road is reasonably well used and carries a fair bit of traffic at that time of day on Saturday and Sunday.”

Following the collision a number of passing motorists stopped and rendered assistance.

Police are appealing to further witnesses to the collision and anyone who may have left the scene before emergency services arrived.

“Victoria Police, Rural Ambulance Victoria, CFA and SES are thankful for those who assisted.”

Led Sen Con Martin said the accident was a timely reminder to take care on the roads.

“We are calling on all drivers to take care on the roads coming into the festive season.

“Speed, alcohol and fatigue are the major contributors to rural road trauma.”

The road was closed for approximately two hours, with traffic detoured through Eddington.

Anyone with more information can contact Maryborough Police Station or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

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