Teenage passenger dies in Otways crash

Police have thanked the people who stopped and helped at the scene of a fatal crash where a 16-year-old Barwon Heads girl died at Gellibrand on Saturday.

Police have thanked the people who stopped and helped at the scene of a fatal crash where a 16-year-old Barwon Heads girl died at Gellibrand on Saturday.

A Colac police officer said the people who came across the crash on Frys Road provided great assistance to the victims until emergency services arrived.

The single-vehicle crash happened about 2.30pm, forcing police to block the road until Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives completed their on-the-scene investigation just before midnight Saturday.

A Victoria Police media spokeswoman said investigators believed that a 20-year-old Clifton Springs man was driving a Nissan four-wheel-drive, with two female passengers, along Frys Road, just north of Gellibrand.

The driver, who was travelling west on the gravel road, lost control of the vehicle on a bend less than 500 metres from the Colac-Lavers Hill Road and rolled multiple times.

The16-year-old girl, who was travelling in the back seat, died at the scene, while the driver and the other female passenger travelling in the front passenger seat received minor injuries.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said paramedics transported the male driver and female passenger to Colac Hospital for assessment.

Police interviewed the driver after the crash and released him, pending summons.

The Gellibrand crash was the second fatality on Colac district roads in eight days.

Werneth mother-of-two Rosalie Mitchell died on November 4 after a crash involving the car she was driving and the Overland interstate passenger train collided at the Urches Road level crossing near Cressy.

Police are urging anyone with information about the Frys Road fatality to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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