Miracle escape from carnage

August 02, 2017

Murray Valley Hwy crash. Photo: Ron Crossman

THREE men had a miraculous escape on Sunday after their cars collided on the Murray Valley Hwy between Torrumbarry and Echuca.

Campaspe Highway Patrol acting commander Brendan Keegan said he could not believe the people from the two cars not only escaped serious injury but actually walked away injury free.

‘‘About 5.30pm, a Ford utility driven by a 58-year-old Wharparilla man apparently was making a turn into Point Rd when it collided head-on with a Nissan carrying two men and towing a boat,’’ Acting Sergeant Keegan said.

‘‘The two Kyabram men were both in their 40s and were heading home after a fishing trip.

‘‘Both cars and the boat have been totalled, I can’t recall seeing this much damage in a car crash without someone being injured.’’

The highway was closed for an hour, and then traffic was slowed to one lane for an hour after that before the scene was cleared.

Police said there was no indication speed or alcohol was involved in the collision.

The Wharparilla man has been issued with a fine for failing to give way.

Sgt Keegan said the collision was a timely reminder for motorists driving past accident scenes to slow down.

New laws, which came into effect last month, require all motorists to slow to 40km/h when passing stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicles displaying lights or sirens.

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