Police increase patrols after another highway smash

Senior Constable Laurie Allen and acting Sergeant Jamie Kahle are calling for motorists to take care on Colac and district roads, particularly when travelling through roadworks on the Princes Highway between Colac and Winchelsea. A man is in hospital after a highway smash yesterday morning.

Colac Highway Patrol will increase its presence on the Princes Highway between Colac and Winchelsea in the wake of yet another serious crash.

A 25-year-old Newcomb man is in a serious but stable condition after a two-vehicle crash on the highway at Irrewarra, west of Trasks Road, yesterday.

The crash, involving the man’s 1998 Mazda sedan and a stationary Powercor truck, follows a fatal crash on the same stretch of road between Irrewarra and Warncoort on Saturday.

The Herald has reported more than 28 crashes on Colac district roads in the past eight weeks including five fatalities and multiple serious injuries.

Colac Highway Patrol’s acting Sergeant Jamie Kahle said yesterday’s highway crash happened at about 8.30am as the 25-year-old driver of the Mazda was travelling east and heading home from work.

Sgt Kahle said the Powercor truck had stopped for the roadworks, with traffic management in place, and the Mazda had skidded to stop under the back of the truck.
“He was flown to the Alfred in a serious condition with head trauma but non-life-threatening injuries,” he said.

The driver and passenger in the Powercor truck were uninjured, while a spokeswoman from the Alfred Hospital said the Mazda driver was stable yesterday when the Herald went to print.

Sgt Kahle said police would investigate the possible causes of the crash, including speed, fatigue and mobile phone use.

Ambulance paramedics, Country Fire Authority crews and State Emergency Service volunteers attended the crash, with traffic management crews assisting with traffic detours until emergency services cleared the crash scene.

He said police urged motorists to slow down and take care while the highway duplication roadworks were underway.

“The roadworks are a pain but motorists just have to realise they can’t get there any quicker,” Sgt Kahle said.

“We want you to get home.”

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