A COLAC district woman had a lucky escape after her car rolled on the Great Ocean Road.
The 50-year-old woman from Separation Creek, south of Lorne, was driving towards Lorne for work when she lost control of her Holden Cruze about one kilometre north of Separation Creek.
Leading Senior Constable Peter Shelton of Apollo Bay police said it appeared that the woman hit or swerved to miss something on the road, causing her car to veer into an embankment and flip onto its roof.
Sen Const Shelton said police believed rain contributed to Monday morning’s crash.
“We’ve had a lot of rain down here and the road was quite slippery,” he said.
“So we’re saying at this stage it was road conditions.”
Sen Const Shelton said a passerby helped free the woman, who was shaken but uninjured, while the vehicle was a write off.
“The car was very badly damaged and it was towed away – she was quite lucky she wasn’t injured,” he said.
“It’s one of those timely warnings that once you get a bit of bad weather with wind and rain on the road, you’ve really got to reduce your speed and be more cautious.”
Sen Const Shelton said the crash reduced a section of the Great Ocean Road to one lane for two hours while Wye River Fire Brigade directed “significant” holiday traffic.
He said Apollo Bay had experienced high traffic volumes across the Easter long weekend.
“There was still significant traffic through the area – it did cause quite a disruption but we got through it,” he said.
“In general it has been very, very busy – I think there have been a few examples of frustrated people,” Sen Const Shelton said.
“Sometimes I think people get frustrated with the high volume of traffic – but we haven’t had a lot of accidents so it’s not too bad.”