A father was flown to Melbourne and three others taken to hospital following a horrific collision yesterday.
The family of four were lucky to survive after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a tree on the Midland Hwy, Nalinga, yesterday.
The male driver from Thomastown was flown to hospital in Melbourne after being trapped for 30 minutes, police said.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said the man in his 50s was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.
The driver’s wife, in her 40s, son, 10, and daughter, 18, were taken to Goulburn Valley Health with minor injuries.
‘‘(The driver) has serious leg injuries ... he was trapped by his legs in the vehicle ... emergency services freed him,’’ Shepparton police Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Ross Adams said.
Police said the family was travelling west toward Shepparton about 1.20pm, when, for an unknown reason, the car veered onto the opposite side of the road and into a tree.
‘‘Investigations as to why the crash occurred are continuing,’’ Leading Sen Const Adams said.
Shepparton Search and Rescue members freed the trapped man from the car.
‘‘We had the added challenge of the car being a hybrid,’’ SS&RS member Gary Lovell said.
‘‘They have a battery in the front and in the back ... so we were able to pull the fuse on the first and then isolate the second battery in the boot.’’
Leading Sen Const Adams said it was a reminder for drivers to be aware of surroundings and to drive to the conditions.
‘‘If you’re travelling long distances stop and have rest breaks ... there is no rush,’’ he said.