Dangerous reminder as vehicle slides off Great Alpine Road
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.