A WARRNAMBOOL man was killed in a car crash near Inverleigh on Saturday night.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, lost control of his Ford sedan at Murgheboluc, west of Geelong.
Police said the car was travelling east along the Hamilton Highway about 8.30pm.
It is believed the car crossed over to the wrong side of the road and collided with a west-bound Hyundai.
The three occupants of the second car, a man, woman and a nine-year-old boy, all from Mt Gambier, were airlifted to The Alfred hospital suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
Paramedics treated the driver of the Ford but he died at the scene.
Senior Constable John Volf, from Bacchus Marsh police, said the Warrnambool man had been on his way to Melbourne to pick up a truck for work.
He said the cause of the crash was being investigated.
“Somehow he has ended up on the wrong side of the road, sliding on the passenger side of the car,” he said. “He may have over-corrected slightly.”
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Meanwhile, a railway crossing in Allansford will be temporarily closed after an investigation into a fatal accident found it is a significant risk.
Warrnambool City Council will close the Brown Street crossing until it can be upgraded with flashing lights and boom barriers.
Allansford man Sam Grant, 22, died when the van he was driving collided with a freight train at the crossing on March 19.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the fatality concluded that a “significant risk of a collision exists at this crossing until it is upgraded to active protection”.
It advised the council to “take effective safety action on this matter in the interim”.
A report to tonight’s council meeting says the city accepts the advice and its infrastructure services manager Peter Robertson would be delegated to temporarily close the crossing.
“The Brown Street level crossing has acknowledged risks from limited sight distance and poor alignment of the crossing,” the report says.
“The current controls have limited effect and there is a risk of drivers ignoring the stop signs and not stopping to look for trains.”
The council has discussed the closure with VicTrack and VicRoads, but is yet to consult with Brown Street residents. They will receive notices before road closure signs are installed.
Funding for an upgrade at the crossing has been allocated in this year’s state budget.
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the Victorian railway crossing safety steering committee recommended in January this year that warning lights, flashing lights and boom barriers be fitted by July 2014.