Seven injured in horror crash
Speed could be factor in Springvale smash
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
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).