Woman lucky to escape serious injury

A Lorne woman was lucky to escape serious injury when her car crashed and rolled.

A LORNE woman was lucky to escape serious injury after she rolled her vehicle near Lorne.

Sergeant David Cooper of Lorne police said the 27-year-old had left Lorne and was travelling along the Great Ocean Road near Big Hill, north east of Lorne, when she lost control of her black Jeep Cherokee in “slippery conditions” about 8.30am yesterday.

He said the vehicle hit an embankment and flipped onto its roof spilling oil and petrol on the road.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the crash and Country Fire Authority crews attended to wash away the oil and petrol.

Sgt Cooper said the stretch of road where the woman crashed had a bad reputation.

“This section of S-bends on the south side of Big Hill has seen a spate of accidents in the last couple of months,” Sgt Cooper said.

“Police are working with VicRoads to assess and rectify the slippery road surface,” he said.

Sgt Cooper said slippery surface warning signs were in the area and he warned drivers to “take extra care in the wet”.

 Police warn riders after motorcycle crash

POLICE have warned motorcyclists to be cautious on Otways and coastal roads after a rider crashed near Lorne.

Senior Constable Gavin Duncan of Torquay Highway Patrol said a Hoppers Crossing man lost control of his Honda 600CC road bike on a bend on Lorne-Deans Marsh Road at Benwerrin, north of Lorne, and broke a leg.

Sen Const Duncan said more motorbike riders were travelling the Great Ocean Road and surrounding areas as summer approached.

“It’s a timely reminder as the weather gets better and more motorbikes start to use the Great Ocean Road and surrounding roads that you have to be more careful on a bike,” Sen Const Duncan said.

Sen Const Duncan said the 25-year-old fully-licensed rider was travelling north from Lorne and took a right-hand bend “a bit too wide before he over-correct, over-balanced and dropped the bike on his leg”.

He said Lorne paramedics took the man to Geelong Hospital for treatment and there was no evidence of excessive speed.

“Probably just a little bit of driver inexperience,” Sen Const Duncan said.

Sen Const Duncan said the incident was a prime example of the importance of motorcyclists wearing protective clothing.

“He was wearing full leathers, he didn’t slide a great deal but any leather is going to save your skin,” Sen Const Duncan said.

“He only had minor abrasions but it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

“Any time you come off your bike you don’t know what’s going to happen – but to be able to escape the way he did is always a good day.”

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