Lucky escape in bad smash

September 29, 2017

THREE people were lucky to be alive after a two-car collision on the Murray Valley Hwy at Torrumbarry on Wednesday.

A Holden utility was travelling west on the highway at about 9am when it collided head on with a Mitsubishi Pajero, which rolled and finished on its side.

The 37-year-old occupant of the ute was cut from the vehicle and airlifted to Melbourne with a broken leg and possible internal injuries.

The two elderly occupants of the Pajero were taken by ambulance to Echuca Regional Health for observation.

CFA, Echuca Search and Rescue, ambulance and police were all on scene at the accident.

Sergeant Justin McAuley of Echuca Police said that it was lucky there were no fatalities.

‘‘For a 100km/h stretch of road, this was a big accident.

‘‘There is a lot of debris everywhere — particularly a fair amount of oil and fuel as well so it took us a while to clean it all up and make the road surface safe again.’’

The highway was closed for several hours, with traffic diverted around service roads.

Investigations are ongoing and police are appealing for witnesses.

If you saw anything you are encouraged to call Echuca Police Station on 5483 1500 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Stephanie Horton

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