Hor­ror smash kills woman

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A WOMAN has died and eight oth­ers were in­jured, in­clud­ing chil­dren, af­ter a hor­ror smash near El­more on Fri­day.

The fa­tal col­li­sion hap­pened on the North­ern Hwy at Run­nymede af­ter a Toy­ota Prado four-wheel drive veered onto the wrong side of the road, slam­ming into a Volk­swa­gen sedan trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

The woman was a pas­sen­ger in the back seat of the Volk­swa­gen when the crash hap­pened and died at the scene.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the four-wheel drive, con­tain­ing two women and four chil­dren, was trav­el­ling south towing a tan­dem trailer with a car on board when it crossed onto the in­cor­rect side of the road shortly af­ter 3pm.

Two teenagers were flown to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, two adults and an in­fant were taken by road to Echuca hospi­tal, while three adults were con­veyed to Bendigo hospi­tal.

All those taken to hospi­tal were ad­mit­ted in sta­ble con­di­tions.

The ac­ci­dent shut down a sec­tion of the North­ern Hwy for sev­eral hours on Fri­day evening, with driv­ers be­ing re-di­rected back into El­more and fur­ther east along the Mid­land Hwy.

The death brought Vic­to­ria’s road toll to 279, which is 36 more than the same time last year.

It comes on the eve of the fes­tive sea­son, with Vic­to­ria Po­lice an­nounc­ing it will pa­trol the roads in record num­bers.

Road Polic­ing Com­mand As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Doug Fryer said of­fi­cers would be out in force, fo­cus­ing on speed, al­co­hol and drug checks.

‘‘The com­mu­nity would ex­pect noth­ing less, but po­lice alone can’t keep our roads safe. It’s a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity for all who use the road,’’ he said.

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