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Hailstone Havoc

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August 07, 2017

A hail storm passing through the Euroa area wreaked havoc yesterday, causing three separate road accidents in a matter of minutes.

A hail storm passing through the Euroa area wreaked havoc yesterday, causing three separate road accidents in a matter of minutes.

Euroa police Sergeant Joel Hughes said the accidents happened in a five-minute period on Hume Fwy about 1pm.

‘‘Within a 3km stretch of the south-bound lanes of the Hume Fwy at Euroa there were three vehicles that have gone off the road due to ice over the road,’’ he said.

Nine people were involved in the collisions and luckily no major injuries were sustained.

‘‘The most northern scene was the most serious; that one was with four occupants and three with minor injuries were taken to Goulburn Valley Health,’’ Sgt Hughes said.

‘‘The vehicle did roll over and SES and road rescue did attend, but by the time we arrived on scene all the occupants had managed to get out of the vehicle.

‘‘The second one was approximately 1km along (the road), there was one occupant and no injuries.

‘‘The third one, which was approximately another kilometre south, was with four occupants, but no injuries.’’

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Stewart said it was ‘‘highly unusual’’ to get enough hail on the road to cause cars to skid off.

‘‘But the air will still be cold enough to cause hail tomorrow (Monday),’’ he said.

The hail was a part of a line of heavy showers that pushed up across Euroa and continued to extend up and passed through Albury.

Mr Stewart said it was ‘‘probably unlikely’’ the same amount of hail would hit the road again, but it was not out of the question.

‘‘There’s certainly the chance that there will be some more hail into tomorrow (Monday) and even some thunderstorm activity.’’

Sgt Johnson urged drivers to remember to adjust their driving habits to the conditions.

‘‘These three collisions could have been avoided if drivers had slowed down a bit more,’’ he said.

‘‘Drivers need to take care in the wet or icy road conditions.’’

Sgt Johnson reminded drivers of new laws requiring them to slow down to 40km/h when passing an emergency vehicles with flashing lights.

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