A man has died after his car left the road and collided with a tree on the Princes Highway at Genoa, shortly before 10am on Sunday morning.
The man was heading west towards Melbourne along with two female passengers, and was attempting to negotiate the bend opposite the Genoa Hall when he lost control of his burgundy Toyota Camry, which fell down an embankment and collided with a tree.
The male driver died as a result of the impact, with the two female passengers taken to Bairnsdale Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Mallacoota Police station commander, Sergeant Andrew Scott, said the trio were returning to their home in Traralgon after a recent trip to Sydney, and had departed from Merimbula earlier on Sunday morning.
“Two of our police units were very close by when the crash occurred, and they were on scene quite quickly,” Sergeant Scott said.
“SES units, primarily from Mallacoota but with assistance also from Cann River, were able to free the two female passengers from the car.
“They were taken by road ambulance to Bairnsdale Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and they were expected to be released on Sunday night, pending the results of scans.
“Due to the nature of the crash, we had to close a section of the Princes Highway from around 10am, which was then re-opened around 4pm.”
Sergeant Scott said enquiries as to the cause of the accident are ongoing, and issued a reminder to motorists about driving to the conditions.
“We’ve had some wet weather recently, and just the previous day we issued four penalty notices in relation to speeding offences,” he said.
“We’re finding that speed is still an issue on local roads, and that stretch of road is notorious for accidents; it’s in the same spot as a double-fatality we had a couple of years ago.
“We would like to remind all motorists to drive with caution, and especially to take extra care in poor conditions.”