TWO Colac brothers have crashed the same car twice within 15 minutes.
Leading Senior Constable Greg Hagart of Colac Highway Patrol said one of the men, in his early 20s, turned left out of Colac’s Gellibrand Street into Murray Street when he lost control of the red Ford sedan.
Sen Const Hagart said the vehicle then mounted a curb and hit Colac’s Rotary clock tower at Memorial Square.
“It knocked out a couple of bollards but hasn’t really done any significant damage, just grazed the side of the pole that holds the clock up,” he said.
Sen Const Hagart said no one was injured and the driver was “lucky” there were no pedestrians on the footpath at the time.
He said the driver then left the scene in another vehicle and his brother, also in his early 20s, got into the driver’s seat of the crashed car to take the vehicle home.
“As he was turning left into Armstrong Street off Murray Street he has lost control and smashed into the fence at the rear of Tyrepower and hit the corner of the second building behind Tyrepower,” Sen Const Hagart said.
He said paramedics took the man to Colac Hospital as a precaution because he was “suffering a bit of chest pain”.
Sen Const Hagart said both crashes happened within “10 to 15 minutes” between 4.30 and 5pm Sunday.
He said police had ruled out alcohol as a factor in both crashes and he said there were no “independent witnesses” to suggest the drivers were in the wrong.
“They’ve given me a version of events that could be true and that may mean they’ve not done anything wrong – it could all be a bit of bad luck,” Sen Const Hagart said.
“There’s nothing to conclusively suggest they were doing anything wrong,” he said.
Sen Const Hagart said the uninsured vehicle was a “write-off”.
He said “greasy road conditions” could have contributed to both crashes.
“It’s a timely warning for motorists to be careful in wet conditions.”