POLICE experts are investigating the cause of a head-on collision that claimed the life of a woman at Brucknell on Saturday afternoon.
The major collision investigation unit was looking into the circumstances surrounding the collision between a Ford sedan and van on the Timboon-Nullawarre Road just after 3pm on Saturday.
The female driver of the Ford sedan, a 46-year-old Timboon woman, died at the scene.
Her 21-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the car, and the 68-year-old male driver of the van were taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital with cuts, abrasions, bruising and chest injuries, according to an Ambulance Victoria spokesman.
Senior Sergeant Tania Barbary, from Warrnambool Highway Patrol, said all were from the local area.
She said it was still unclear exactly what had caused the accident.
“Indications are the vehicles have collided head-on,” she said.
“We believe the van was headed west and the sedan was heading east.
“Major collision investigators from Melbourne were on the scene and their inquiries are continuing.”
She said police, SES, CFA and ambulance units from the surrounding area attended the crash.
The accident happened on a bend in the road, just east of the Brucknell Park Scout Camp. Both vehicles had impact damage to their driver’s sides, with the van overturning and coming to rest on its passenger side.
The road was closed between the Brucknell-Glenfyne Road and Ayrford Road until late Saturday night. A nearby resident said she heard a loud noise and knew there had been an accident.
“We are a couple of kilometres on the Timboon side of the scout camp,” she said.
“There is a bit of a bend in the road that doesn’t look that bad, but there have been numerous people run off the road. There have been some bad accidents, but this is the first time there has been a two-car collision that I can remember.”
Senior Sergeant Barbary said it was a tragic situation.
“We continually ask people to take it easy on the roads,” she said.
“This is a tragedy that will have an impact on not only the families and friends of the victims, but on the wider community and on everyone who attended the scene.”
Eleven people have died on south-west roads since the TAC Talk Down the Toll register started in October last year. The woman’s death brings the state’s provisional road toll to 172, 25 less than last year.