Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By HAY­DEN THOM­SON

A woman has died and 14 other peo­ple were in­jured af­ter a col­li­sion be­tween a mini-bus car­ry­ing elderly pas­sen­gers and a taxi at Ard­mona yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The woman, a pas­sen­ger trav­el­ling in the mini-bus, was trapped in the ve­hi­cle when emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived at the scene, and died from her in­juries.

Two elderly women who were also trav­el­ling in the mini-bus were f lown to hos­pi­tals in Mel­bourne fol­low­ing the col­li­sion.

A woman in her 80s had head, pelvis and fa­cial in­juries and was flown to the Royal Mel­bourne Hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

A sec­ond woman in her 90s had arm and head in­juries and was flown to The Al­fred hos­pi­tal.

She was also in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

An­other 12 peo­ple were taken to Goul­burn Val­ley Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened about 3.30 pm, at the in­ter­sec­tion of Pyke and Turn­bull Rd, Ard­mona.

They were treated at the scene for mi­nor in­juries and taken to hos­pi­tal in sta­ble con­di­tions.

Shep­par­ton po­lice In­spec­tor Haydn Downes said the cause of the in­ci­dent was yet to be deter­mined.

‘‘The di­rec­tion the ve­hi­cles were trav­el­ling hasn’t been as­cer­tained, we are wait­ing for the ex­perts,’’ Insp Downes said at the scene.

‘‘The driver of the taxi is in a bit of shock and is be­ing looked at by paramedics.’’

Al­most an hour af­ter the ac­ci­dent hap­pened, am­bu­lances were still at the scene, with more than 15 ve­hi­cles needed to treat pa­tients.

‘‘It’s pretty hec­tic, we’ve got heaps of emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel here . . . we’ve locked down the scene un­til the ar­rival of the ex­perts,’’ Insp Downes said.

Po­lice said the speed lim­its on Pyke Rd and Turn­bull Rd were 100 km/h and there were give way signs at the in­ter­sec­tion.

‘‘(It’s a re­minder to) be vig­i­lant on these ru­ral roads, be aware of your sur­round­ings and (know) it does get dark ear­lier at this time of year . . . so the sun might be in your eyes,’’ Insp Downes said.

The death brings the state’s road toll to 115, com­pared with 134 for the same time last year.

● Any­one who wit­nessed the col­li­sion or has any in­for­ma­tion is urged to phone Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or sub­mit a con­fi­den­tial crime re­port at www.crimestop­persvic.com.au

Pic­tures: Ray Sizer

Sad scene: Emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel at the in­ter­sec­tion of Pyke Rd and Turn­bull Rd, Ard­mona, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing a fatal col­li­sion.

Pa­tients treated: Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria paramedics treat­ing sev­eral of the in­jured pa­tients, while the mini-bus re­mains up­turned in the back­ground.

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