Man lucky to escape horror crash
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.