Car crashes at Clunes

Three men were hospitalised after their car left the road and struck a tree near Clunes on Wednesday night. The incident occurred on the Ballarat-Maryborough road while the men were travelling towards Maryborough. The cause of the accident is yet to be determined by police, who will launch into Operation Regal today in an effort to stop similar incidents from occurring on rural roads over the Queenʼs Birthday long weekend.

Three men were taken to hospital after their vehicle left the road and struck a tree near Clunes on Wednesday night, in a concerning incident ahead of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Police at the scene said the three men were travelling towards Maryborough on the Ballarat- Maryborough Road between Clunes and Dunach when their Holden Commodore veered across the opposite side of the road and into a tree at around 6.15 pm.

After striking the tree on the driver’s side of the vehicle, the car turned to face the opposite direction it was travelling in before coming to a stop on the side of the road.

The driver, a male believed to be aged in his fifties, and two passengers, a 40-year-old male and a 26-year-old male were all taken to hospital via ambulance.

The driver suffered non-life threatening internal injuries, while the two passengers were transferred to hospital for minor injuries.

Wednesday night’s accident comes on the cusp of Queen’s Birthday long weekend in which police will launch Operation Regal.

Running from 12.01 am today until 11.59 pm Monday night, the operation will target key road risks over the long weekend, such as speed, fatigue, distraction and drink and drug driving.

The driver of a Holden Commodore that hit a tree near Clunes on Wednesday had to be freed by emergency services.

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