‘Se­cret’ test ve­hi­cle ig­nites in­ter­est By BRAD WOR­RALL

Myrtleford Times - - NEWS -

A CAR that caused a fire on the Bo­gong High Plains last week was a top se­cret test ve­hi­cle for Hyundai.

North East Me­dia un­der­stands that the burnt out ve­hi­cle was to be crushed.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened about 3.30pm on the Bo­gong High Plains Road, about 20km on the Omeo side of Falls Creek last Wed­nes­day.

A to­tal fire ban was in ef­fect on a day when the tem­per­a­tures soared into the high 30s.

Hyundai Aus­tralia’s Bill Thomas con­firmed the two peo­ple in the car were Korean en­gi­neers.

“It is pretty much stock stan­dard prac­tice for com­pa­nies to bring in th­ese en­durance test cars and run them in Aus­tralian con­di­tions,” he said.

“They are wired up with mon­i­tors and run through hot con­di­tions to in­form our en­gi­neers and de­sign peo­ple.

“Gen­er­ally they are not much good for any­thing else af­ter they are fin­ished with – so I can check what hap­pened to the car but they are of­ten crushed af­ter such tests.”

An Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria spokes­woman said one man aged in his 30s sus­tained se­ri­ous chest in­juries and was air­lifted to Royal Mel­bourne Hos­pi­tal.

A se­cond oc­cu­pant was in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Po­lice closed the Bo­gong High Plains Road be­tween the Omeo High­way and Falls Creek for more than two hours as fire­fight­ers con­tained the fire to less than a hectare.

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