A THREE-CAR crash on the Princes Highway near Birregurra has added to statistics for the notorious stretch of road.
A car had stopped to turn right into Conns Lane on the highway with another car waiting behind the first vehicle.
A third car crashed into the back of the waiting vehicle which also hit the car waiting to turn.
Police, Ambulance and Country Fire Authority crews attended the pile-up, and the three drivers and one passenger escaped without injury.
The crash was the third reported incident between Conns Lane and the Birregurra turnoff at Warncoort-Birregurra Road this year.
VicRoads project director Tony Hedley said there had been seven recorded crashes on that section of road in the four years to December 2014.
“There have been seven recorded crashes on the Princes Highway between Conns Lane and Birregurra-Warncoort Road during the five year period from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2014,” he said.
“Three of these crashes resulted in serious injuries and one included a fatality.”
Sergeant Shane Howard of Colac police said a leading cause of crashes in that area was driver distraction.
“People aren’t driving the way they should be, that’s the issue with 99 per cent of the problems,” he said.
“The road surface is very rarely the cause of a collision.
“The issues are always the same; it’s about people paying attention and not getting distracted, they need to concentrate the entire time.”
Road work on the Princes Highway duplication between Colac and Winchelsea started in Colac this week.
Mr Hedley said one of the benefits of the highway duplication was increased safety for motorists.
“VicRoads is duplicating the Princes Highway between Winchelsea to Colac to improve the safety and reliability of this vital stretch of rural highway for freight, commuters and tourists,” he said.
“The project will provide two lanes in each direction separated by a wide median and include a three-metre shoulder.”
Mr Hedley said contractors would progressively duplicate the highway later this year.
“Work on the section between Deans Marsh Road at Winchelsea and Armytage Road is expected to commence late 2015,” he said.
“Then the section from Armytage Road to Warncoort-Birregurra Road is scheduled to begin in 2016; followed by the section between Warncoort-Birregurra Road to Baillie Street in Colac East in 2017.”