Seven in­jured in hor­ror crash

Speed could be fac­tor in Spring­vale smash

Herald Sun - - NEWS - DAVID HUR­LEY AND RYAN TENNISON [email protected]

SEVEN peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a hor­ror crash in Mel­bourne’s south­east yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The crash hap­pened at the in­ter­sec­tion of Spring­vale Rd and Princes High­way in Spring­vale about 4.50am.

Su­per­in­ten­dent John Fitz­patrick de­scribed it as “sig­nif­i­cant”, adding that speed would be looked at as a fac­tor in the col­li­sion.

“Really lucky at this stage that no one has lost their life,” he said yes­ter­day.

He said six peo­ple were in­side the VW sedan but it was only equipped to carry five. The sev­enth per­son was in an­other ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice would not com­ment on re­ports the driver of the VW sedan had run a red light be­fore the crash or re­ports the car was trav­el­ling at 150kmh.

Supt Fitz­patrick said the over­crowd­ing was “ir­re­spon­si­ble” and at least one per­son suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant in­juries be­cause of not hav­ing a seat­belt on.

The 44-year-old driver of the other car, a black Toy­ota, was the most se­ri­ously in­jured.

The Park­dale man was yes­ter­day in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal.

The 20-year-old driver of the VW re­ceived se­ri­ous but non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

The pas­sen­gers, aged be­tween 16 and 21, suf­fered a range of non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

De­bris from the col­li­sion was thrown across the road.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice spokes­woman Belinda Batty con­firmed the VW sedan had not been stolen and there had been no po­lice pur­suit be­fore the col­li­sion. Eight am­bu­lances re­sponded to treat the in­jured.

ANY­ONE WHO WIT­NESSED THE CRASH IS URGED TO CON­TACT CRIME STOP­PERS ON 1800 333 000 OR SUB­MIT A RE­PORT ON­LINE AT crimestop­persvic.com.au

Pic­tures: NICOLE GARM­STON, CHAN­NEL 7

Po­lice at the scene (top) with the white VW yes­ter­day. De­bris was spread across the road. The black Toy­ota (left) after the crash; and CCTV be­fore the in­ci­dent (right).

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