Man lucky to es­cape hor­ror crash

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A 29-YEAR-OLD man is lucky to be alive after a hor­rific crash out­side Nan­neella on Satur­day.

The Nan­neella man was driv­ing a sil­ver Toy­ota Hilux south on Echuca-Nan­neella Rd when he left the road­way and struck sev­eral trees about 3.40pm.

‘‘It’s caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the ve­hi­cle and the driver man­aged to exit the ve­hi­cle but sus­tained se­ri­ous fa­cial in­juries that were non lifethreat­en­ing,’’ Sergeant Paul Ni­coll of Cam­paspe High­way Pa­trol said.

A Rochester woman, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said she helped ad­min­is­ter first aid with two oth­ers to the man who suf­fered ‘‘two mas­sive cuts to his head and had blood cov­er­ing his face and hands’’.

‘‘He was awake and talk­ing but not clearly due to his head in­jury,’’ she said.

‘‘The car had side-swiped three trees be­fore (crash­ing) head on into a tree. On closer in­spec­tion on the in­side of this boy’s ute, there was no driver’s side left. The im­pact crushed the driver’s side com­pletely.’’

The woman said she couldn’t be­lieve the man had sur­vived such a hor­rific crash.

‘‘How the hell he walked out of that alive I will never in my life­time un­der­stand,’’ she said.

The man was taken to Echuca hospi­tal for treat­ment.

A 71-YEAR-OLD woman from Ring­wood East was killed on Wednesday when her car col­lided with a semi-trailer near El­more about 7.30pm.

The woman stopped on the North­ern High­way 5km north of El­more, park­ing her sedan on the shoul­der of the road fac­ing the wrong di­rec­tion.

She then al­legedly pulled out into on­com­ing traf­fic, col­lid­ing with a truck.

The truck rolled to the left, slid­ing onto its side.

The driver of the truck, a 24-year- old man from Mel­bourne, was taken to hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

The fe­male driver of the sedan, and sole oc­cu­pant, died at the scene.

“We don’t know what she was do­ing in El­more,” Bendigo po­lice Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Niall King said.

“We are seek­ing any peo­ple who might have been driv­ing on the high­way at the time and saw her acting oddly.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Bendigo Po­lice on 5448 1300 and ask for Lead­ing Snr Con­sta­ble Niall King.

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