ONE PASSENGER KILLED AND 14 OTHERS INJURED AFTER HORRIFIC COLLISION BETWEEN MINI-BUS AND TAXI
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
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.