A FEMALE passenger has died and a male driver is fighting for his life following a two-car head-on collision near Port Campbell.
The crash occurred at Cooriemungle on Princetown Road, one-and-a-half kilometres south of Turrong Road, at 1.10pm on Wednesday.
Police said the crash involved two Chinese tourists in their 50s in an orange Hyundai sedan and a Port Campbell area man in his 30s who was driving a silver Jeep.
Camperdown police Senior Sergeant Sean Halley said police believe the crash occurred when the orange Hyundai was involved in a collision with the silver Jeep that was travelling in the opposite direction.
“Initial investigations show the driver of the tourist vehicle veered to the incorrect side of the road for an unknown reason,” Sen Sgt Halley said.
“It’s the first fatal collision in this area for the year and it’s disappointing it has occurred.
“It’s a constant reminder to all road users that we can never be complacent with road safety.”
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the female passenger in the orange Hyundai died at the scene while the male driver was airlifted to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital with head injuries. The driver remained in a critical condition yesterday.
The Ambulance Victoria spokesman said paramedics treated the driver of the silver Jeep at the scene before a road ambulance took him to Warrnambool Base Hospital with chest injuries, bruising and grazes.
Police units from Camperdown, Warrnambool Highway Patrol, Port Campbell, Terang and Lavers Hill attended the scene along with the major collision investigation unit from Melbourne.
Warrnambool Police highway patrol Leading Senior Constable Graeme Fuller said police also received “exceptional assistance” from Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service personnel and volunteer ambulance staff.
Leading Sen Const Fuller said police closed part of Princetown Road for about five hours before it reopened on Wednesday night.
“In conjunction with the major collision investigation unit we will review the incident and see how we can improve safety in the area and prevent this from happening again,” he said.