‘Secret’ test vehicle ignites interest By BRAD WORRALL
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.