Dan­ger­ous re­minder as ve­hi­cle slides off Great Alpine Road

Alpine Observer - - News -

AS win­ter sets in Vic­to­ria Po­lice are ask­ing those trav­el­ling to Alpine re­sorts to stay safe, par­tic­u­larly on the roads af­ter a sin­gle ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent at Mt Hotham on Tues­day morn­ing.

Two men were taken to hospi­tal with spinal in­juries when the four-wheel drive they were in slid off the Great Alpine Road at about 6.30am.

A 50 year-old was air­lifted to Mel­bourne and his 68 year-old pas­sen­ger taken by am­bu­lance to Wan­garatta af­ter their ve­hi­cle rolled 30 me­tres down an em­bank­ment, near the Big D ski run.

Emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing Am­bu­lance, CFA, Po­lice and SES at­tended the in­ci­dent and had to help free the men from the wreck­age.

Sergeant Damien Pep­pler said it was a re­minder to every­one to take care when driv­ing on roads that might be cov­ered in snow or ice.

“All peo­ple com­ing to the moun­tain need to re­mem­ber to carry chains that are suit­able for their ve­hi­cle and make sure they fit them if they are re­quired in the con­di­tions,” he said.

“Peo­ple need to drive to the con­di­tions and should avoid ac­cel­er­at­ing quickly, brake gen­tly to avoid lock­ing front and rear wheels, and avoid brak­ing when driv­ing around cor­ners.”

Peo­ple also need to en­sure they have a full tank of petrol and an­tifreeze in their ra­di­a­tor or use Alpine Mix if driv­ing a diesel ve­hi­cle.

Gen­eral du­ties po­lice with the help of the Oper­a­tions Response Unit will have a seven day a week pres­ence at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek for the du­ra­tion of the sea­son.

Po­lice have also of­fered other tips to help peo­ple en­joy their snow trip.

Se­nior Sergeant Doug In­coll said com­mon sense mea­sures like know­ing where your skis or snow­board are at all times and keep­ing other valu­ables se­cure and out of sight will pre­vent prop­erty from be­ing stolen.

He also said if peo­ple are ven­tur­ing into the back coun­try they need to take pre­cau­tions.

“A thor­ough risk as­sess­ment should take into ac­count the an­gle of slope, snow qual­ity and depth, weather con­di­tions and level of ex­pe­ri­ence,” Snr Sgt In­coll said.

“Ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment needs to be car­ried while trip in­ten­tions forms should be filled out and left with a re­li­able friend, fam­ily mem­ber or re­spon­si­ble au­thor­ity.

“And if peo­ple get lost they should stop, seek shel­ter and wait.”

Po­lice also ask that peo­ple drink re­spon­si­bly if en­joy­ing them­selves af­ter a day on the slopes.

“Po­lice will be work­ing with lo­cal li­censees and do­ing spot checks on pubs and bars,” Snr Sgt In­coll said.

WIN­TER DAN­GER: A ve­hi­cle rolled off the Great Alpine Road yes­ter­day morn­ing at 6.30am.

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