Black ice contributes to Otways road crashes

A ute and a four-wheel-drive vehicle lost control on an icy section of the Apollo Bay-Forrest Road and crashed earlier this week. The crash was the third in four days on Apollo Bay-Forrest Road.

A ute and a four-wheel-drive vehicle lost control on an icy section of the Apollo Bay-Forrest Road and crashed earlier this week. The crash was the third in four days on Apollo Bay-Forrest Road.

BLACK ICE has caused three crashes on a stretch of the Apollo Bay-Forrest Road in the past four days.

Police attended a crash at Barramunga, seven kilometres south of Forrest, earlier this week after two similar crashes at the weekend.

A ute towing a trailer crashed into an embankment when overtaking a four-wheel-drive towing a boat after sliding on the icy road about 8am Monday.

Leading Senior Constable Dale Menzies of Forrest police attended two crashes near the Top of the Otways Nature Lodge and Country Cottage on Saturday.

Const Menzies said motorists avoided injury in the crashes he attended.

“Fortunately in those cases no-one was injured but the vehicles that came off the road were extensively damaged,” he said.

“They were probably 15 minutes apart, they were separate accidents but the ice on the road was what caused it.

“One of them ended up down the side of the embankment and the other one ended up off the side of the road.

“They were just driving exactly as they would always do, there was certainly no indication speed or anything other than ice on the road caused it.”

Const Menzies said drivers needed to be cautious on icy roads.

“Drivers need to be more cautious particularly with the weather getting colder and also that there’s ice on the road,” he said.

“The problem is they can’t see it and in some cases with that ice on the road, it makes it quite dangerous.”

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