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A MOTORCYCLIST in his 50s killed on the North­ern Hwy south of Lady’s Pass on Mon­day was one of four peo­ple to die in a horror 24 hours at the long week­end.

The man’s bike col­lided with a car car­ry­ing two women in their 60s in a northerly di­rec­tion.

Act­ing Sergeant Mick De­laney said the man died at the scene.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the ac­ci­dent, near the in­ter­sec­tion with Drum­monds Lane, and paramedics worked for nearly 30 min­utes to try and re­vive the man be­fore he was pro­nounced dead.

Sgt. De­laney said from the de­tails they have al­ready gath­ered po­lice be­lieve the man had lost con­trol of his bike just be­fore the col­li­sion.

“But we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing that at this stage,” he said.

“The two women in the car were treated for shock.

“There was no wa­ter on the road and con­di­tions about 11am when this tragedy hap­pened were quite good.”

Sgt De­laney said the de­ceased was trav­el­ling with a group of three mo­tor­cy­clists and had been at the back when he lost con­trol.

“Un­for­tu­nately there was a ve­hi­cle com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion and that’s when the col­li­sion hap­pened.

“The mes­sage for all mo­tor­cy­clists is just to take care, take time on the roads and ar­rive alive.”

A cy­clist died fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with a garbage truck in Moorooduc, also on Mon­day morn­ing.

It’s be­lieved the cy­clist and the truck were in­volved in a col­li­sion on Moorooduc High­way near Bun­gower Road about 10.40am.

The male truck driver stopped at the scene and was as­sist­ing po­lice with en­quiries.

PO­LICE are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sin­gle ve­hi­cle crash in Stawell on Sun­day night.

At this stage it ap­pears a ve­hi­cle has rolled on Pomonal Rd, hit a tree and ended up on its roof just be­fore 7.30pm.

The sin­gle oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle, who is yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied, died at the scene.

The ex­act cause of the crash is yet to be de­ter­mined.

A young fa­ther was the fourth man to have been killed on the state’s roads dur­ing this Queen’s birth­day long­week­end.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the Old West­ern Hwy, Brook­field, about mid­day fol­low­ing re­ports of a crash.

It is be­lieved the 27-year-old fa­ther was with his brother and at­tempt­ing to drive up a steep hill with a trailer at­tached to the car.

The ve­hi­cle ap­par­ently jack-knifed, prompt­ing the pair to get out and try and rec­tify its po­si­tion.

But the car rolled, trap­ping the man, who died be­fore paramedics ar­rived at the scene.

“It never stops be­ing heart­break­ing. It’s just hor­rific,” Sergeant Rob Dampier said.

The four deaths take the state’s road toll to 94, com­pared with 109 at the same time in 2017.

Any­one who wit­nessed the Heath­cote col­li­sion is urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or sub­mit a con­fi­den­tial crime re­port at www.crimestop­persvic.com.au

Photo:Chan­nel Nine News

Po­lice and crash scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors on the North­ern Hwy near Heath­cote at the week­end. The ac­ci­dent on Mon­day morn­ing was one of four deaths on Vic­to­rian roads in a shock­ing 24-hour pe­riod.

The mo­tor­bike in­volved in the fa­tal­ity on Mon­day is taken away for ex­am­i­na­tion.

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