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Horror holiday: Heathcote death one of four

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June 13, 2018

A MOTORCYCLIST in his 50s killed on the Northern Hwy south of Lady’s Pass on Monday was one of four people to die in a horror 24 hours at the long weekend.

The man’s bike collided with a car carrying two women in their 60s in a northerly direction.

Acting Sergeant Mick Delaney said the man died at the scene.

Emergency services were called to the accident, near the intersection with Drummonds Lane, and paramedics worked for nearly 30 minutes to try and revive the man before he was pronounced dead.

Sgt. Delaney said from the details they have already gathered police believe the man had lost control of his bike just before the collision.

“But we are still investigating that at this stage,” he said.

“The two women in the car were treated for shock.

“There was no water on the road and conditions about 11am when this tragedy happened were quite good.”

Sgt Delaney said the deceased was travelling with a group of three motorcyclists and had been at the back when he lost control.

“Unfortunately there was a vehicle coming in the opposite direction and that’s when the collision happened.

“The message for all motorcyclists is just to take care, take time on the roads and arrive alive.”

A cyclist died following a collision with a garbage truck in Moorooduc, also on Monday morning.

It’s believed the cyclist and the truck were involved in a collision on Moorooduc Highway near Bungower Road about 10.40am.

The male truck driver stopped at the scene and was assisting police with enquiries.

POLICE are also investigating a single vehicle crash in Stawell on Sunday night.

At this stage it appears a vehicle has rolled on Pomonal Rd, hit a tree and ended up on its roof just before 7.30pm.

The single occupant of the vehicle, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.

The exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

A young father was the fourth man to have been killed on the state’s roads during this Queen’s birthday long-weekend.

Emergency services were called to the Old Western Hwy, Brookfield, about midday following reports of a crash.

It is believed the 27-year-old father was with his brother and attempting to drive up a steep hill with a trailer attached to the car.

The vehicle apparently jack-knifed, prompting the pair to get out and try and rectify its position.

But the car rolled, trapping the man, who died before paramedics arrived at the scene.

“It never stops being heartbreaking. It’s just horrific,” Sergeant Rob Dampier said.

The four deaths take the state’s road toll to 94, compared with 109 at the same time in 2017.

Anyone who witnessed the Heathcote collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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