A Tungamah woman aged her 50s has died after the vehicle in which she was a passenger flipped five times on Devenish Rd, Tungamah yesterday afternoon.
‘‘The vehicle, a blue Nissan Patrol wagon, was travelling south around a sweeping bend when it left the road,’’ Wangaratta police Leading Senior Constable Colin Boyle said.
‘‘The car is believed to have popped a tyre in the process and has flipped a number of times.’’
The driver of the vehicle, a Tungamah man, 54, escaped with minor injuries and was taken to Wangaratta Base Hospital for observation.
At the time The News went to print, the Major Collision Investigation unit was travelling from Melbourne to investigate the cause of the accident.
‘‘It’s an extremely unfortunate situation involving two locals driving on a country road,’’ Ldg Sen Const Boyle said.
‘‘Tungamah is a small tight-knit community and the ripple affects of the incident will be far and wide.’’
Ldg Sen Const Boyle said the incident was a timely reminder to be careful driving on our roads during the Christmas period.
‘‘It’s December 1, the start of the silly season and we’ve already got a fatal,’’ he said.
‘‘We urge everyone to be careful during this period and encourage people to drive to the conditions.’’