Motorists urged to slow down in wet conditions

Northern Grampians Highway Patrol police officers are urging motorists to drive to the conditions after four crashes in as many days this week.

A 23 year old Camberwell woman received a cracked vertebrae in her neck after the car in which she was driving allegedly ploughed into three cars stopped at road works near Buangor.

The crash occurred at 2.27pm on Monday near the intersection of Yerrabin Road and the Western Highway at Buangor and caused a four car pile up.

Three people were conveyed to hospital with minor injuries and the driver was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with neck injuries.

Police have yet to interview the driver over the incident. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Leading Senior Constable Anthony Passalick at the Ararat Police Station on 5355 1500.

Also on Monday an elderly man received serious injuries when he stepped in front of a moving car in Vincent Street near the intersection of McGibbony Street.

The car was travelling north in Vincent Street about 5.40pm and struck the man when he stepped in front of the car. The man received a broken leg and also struck his head and was conveyed to the Alfred Hospital intensive care unit.

On Wednesday at 7.15am a ute travelling north on the Beaufort-Carngham Road at Beaufort swerved to miss a kangaroo and rolled several times. The female driver received minor injuries and the male passenger received a cut to the head and was conveyed to hospital.

Also on Wednesday at 11.02am a single vehicle crash occurred on the Western Highway at Langi Ghiran when a male travelling east veered into the left lane and struck the guard rail. He was not injured but conveyed to hospital in Ballarat for observation.

“Due to the poor weather conditions over the past few weeks we are urging people to slow down when driving in inclement weather and also to slow down and drive to the conditions,” LSC Passalick said.


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