AN eight-year-old boy was among five people injured when a car crashed into trees near Simpson.
Senior Constable Martin Howells of Camperdown police said a Melbourne P-plate driver, 28, was behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Magna which crashed about 30 kilometres south-west of Colac.
Sen Const Howells said the car with five occupants failed to make a right-hand turn at a T intersection, crashing into trees.
The crash happened at the intersection of Majestic Road and Timboon-Colac Road, Jancourt East, near the Simpson Speedway, about 8pm Saturday.
Sen Const Howells said the car’s occupants were members of two Melbourne families, including the boy and four adults.
He said five ambulances attended the scene, including crews from Mortlake, Grassmere and Warrnambool.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said paramedics took the injured boy, the female driver and a 34-year-old man to Colac Hospital, while a 30-year-old woman and 30-year-old man went to Warrnambool Hospital.
He said paramedics spinally immobilised the five occupants, who all had back and neck injuries, while the driver suffered a severely fractured wrist.
Sen Const Howells said the car’s airbags and seatbelts protected the passengers from further injuries.
He said police believed driver error and unfamiliarity with the road contributed to the crash, but said police inquiries were still pending.
Sen Const Howells said the weather was dry at the time of the crash.
He said there was a similar crash at the intersection three months ago.
Sen Const Howells said the road was a popular route for tourists returning to Melbourne after visiting the Great Ocean Road.
He said the road had blind corners and could be dangerous.
“They need to slow down.”
Sen Const Howells said the road was usually busy and it was lucky no other vehicles were involved in Saturday’s crash.
He said police were at the scene for two hours after the crash.
Helicopter helps rescue injured surfer
PARAMEDICS rescued and airlifted an injured and stranded surfer from a treacherous beach on the Otways coastline.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the 22-year-old man was surfing off the rip-and-reef dominated Wreck Beach at Lower Gellibrand, south-west of Lavers Hill, when he hit the reef and broke his leg in two places.
Mr Mullen said a road ambulance initially went to the scene but paramedics could not reach the man because of rough terrain.
“It was a fair old haul to get down to him so there air ambulance came in,” Mr Mullen said.
“They were looking at getting him and it was about 300 steps from the road, pretty involved – so straight away they got the helicopter from Warrnambool and it landed on the beach,” he said.
Mr Mullen said paramedics treated the man on the highly-hazardous beach about 8am Saturday and airlifted him to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital suffering a broken leg and possible dislocated knee.