Five family members were involved in a serious crash on the Hume Fwy, Balmattum, yesterday at 1.15pm.
A Hampton Park woman, in her 40s, was flown to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries following the collision.
A Narre Warren woman, in her 40s, was also flown to The Alfred in a serious, but stable condition, with neck and abdominal injuries.
The driver, a Narre Warren man, in his 50s, and two youths were taken to Wangaratta base hospital in stable conditions.
Police said the family was travelling south-bound on the Hume Fwy towards Euroa when the vehicle left the road and collided with a tree.
‘‘It appears that the driver was attempting to take the off ramp and due to inclement weather the vehicle has been unable to negotiate the corner,’’ Benalla Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Marc Newton said.
‘‘It has left the road as it attempted to enter the off ramp and has collided with a gum tree head on.’’
Leading Sen Const Newton said the exact cause of the incident was yet to be determined, but speed may have been a factor.
‘‘The Major Collisions Investigation Unit will come up from Melbourne to assess the scene and will oversee the preliminary investigation,’’ he said.
Leading Sen Const Newton said all accidents were avoidable and pleaded with motorists to heed the road safety message.
‘‘Make sure you are taking due care on our roads, it doesn’t matter what time you get home it matters if you get home,’’ he said.
‘‘Because the end result can be tragic ... this family will never recover from an accident like this.’’
South-bound lanes on the Hume Fwy were closed to traffic for a period with traffic being diverted through Violet Town.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit an anonymous report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au