A MAN is in hospital after a dramatic car crash at a major Warrnambool intersection on Thursday night.
Police say the driver of a Toyota sedan was speeding so fast down Mortlake Road that his car became airborne after hitting a kerb.
Witnesses told police that they saw the car complete a 360-degree flip in the air.
“The vehicle was travelling south on Mortlake Road. It’s failed to negotiate the five-way roundabout,” Warrnambool policeman Sergeant Callum McKinnon said.
“It’s travelled over the centre of the roundabout and veered to the left.
“It’s hit a kerb, causing it to become airborne. It clipped a brick wall and the rear of car parked in a carport.
“That’s flipped it over and through a fence on Banyan Street, causing it to crash into the north-west corner of a house.”
The driver got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene but a passing highway patrol car, just 150 metres away, found the 41-year-old lying in a driveway.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the man was taken to Warrnambool Base Hospital in a stable condition.
“He was complaining of neck injuries. There were also chest and rib injuries,” Mr Mullen said.
“He was found 50 metres away from the car.”
The accident happened about 8.40pm.
Sergeant McKinnon said no charges had been laid and police were yet to speak with the man who is from Gisborne.
It’s believed the car landed on its wheels after it flipped 360 degrees.
“Speed was obviously a factor for that to happen,” Sergeant McKinnon said.