Man dies in freak ac­ci­dent

Myrtleford Times - - News -

A MAN was killed in a four-wheel drive ‘freak ac­ci­dent’ in the Buck­land Val­ley last Tuesday night.

The 36 year-old man from the NSW sub­urb of Mt An­nan was re­turn­ing from Mt Sel­wyn along Sel­wyn Creek Road when the tragedy oc­curred at about 9.30pm on August 21.

A fallen tree over­hang­ing the road went through the man’s front wind­screen and pinned him in the ve­hi­cle.

Police, SES, CFA and paramedics all at­tended but Lead­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Scott Bal­dock of Bright police said the man died at the scene.

“It was a com­plete freak ac­ci­dent,” he said.

“He’s come around a slight left-hand bend and the tree has gone straight through the wind­screen.

“It was only about 10cm in di­am­e­ter but had fallen and was pro­trud­ing off the em­bank­ment into the mid­dle of the road...he wouldn’t have even seen it.

“He’s lost con­scious­ness and the ve­hi­cle has then slid off the edge be­fore it got caught in some trees about 5-10 me­tres down the hill.”

The man was with his 32 year-old brother who was trav­el­ing be­hind in his own ve­hi­cle.

Ldg Snr Const Bal­dock said Wed­nes­day, August 29, 2018, Page 5 both men had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence four-wheel driv­ing and had driven in the snow be­fore.

“They were as pre­pared as any­one I’ve seen and had both done a lot of four-wheel driv­ing in the last two years,” he said.

“The brother was trail­ing and wit­nessed the whole thing and was pretty dis­traught as you could imag­ine.

“There was about 10cm of snow on the track but there was no in­di­ca­tion the man was do­ing any­thing wrong.

“The snow cer­tainly didn’t con­tribute to the ac­ci­dent and they had been driv­ing in about 50cm to a me­tre of snow ear­lier.”

Ldg Snr Const Bal­dock said the broth­ers were head­ing back to the Buck­land Val­ley where they were set to spend the night.

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