FULL STORY 8.45pm:
A woman in her sixties has been flown to hospital in a serious condition after a two-car collision at Illowa in which seven other people were also hospitalised.
Sergeant Pat Day, of Koroit police, said a family of six from China travelling north on Southern Cross Road collided with a Portland couple travelling south near the intersection of Tower Hill Road.
The grandmother from the Chinese family suffered chest, abdominal and minor head injuries and was flown to Melbourne’s Alfred hospital while a baby from the family received minor injuries. The baby’s mother suffered a broken collar bone while the driver suffered chest pain.
Sergeant Day said the vehicle carrying the family collided with a red utility carrying two people from Portland who were travelling south on Southern Cross Road after one of the vehicles tried to turn right into Tower Hill Road.
A man in the utility suffered back pain while a woman in the vehicle suffered shock.
The utility came to rest against the front of another utility waiting at the intersection but the male driver of that vehicle was uninjured.
The accident happened shortly before 1.40pm on Monday.
Both the Tower Hill and Southern Cross roads were closed for several hours after the collision.
Sergeant Day said the Major Collision Investigation Unit was called to the scene because of the severity of the injuries suffered by the grandmother.
Late Monday evening a spokeswoman from the Alfred Hospital said the woman was in a serious but stable condition.
UPDATE 6.30pm: Roads have been reopened at Illowa following a two-car crash this afternoon.
Koroit police Sergeant Pat Day said the intersection of Tower Hill Road and Southern Cross Road had been cleared.
Sergeant Day said five members of a family from China were being treated at Southwest Healthcare, while a sixth, a woman in her 60s, had been flown to Melbourne for treatment.
A couple from Portland involved in the collision, who are also being treated at Southwest Healthcare, are in their late 20s.
Sergeant Day said a lot of assistance was given by passers-by, and he said the help was “very much appreciated”.
A spokesman from the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne confirmed the woman was in serious but stable condition.
UPDATE 2.50pm: A woman in her 60s is in a serious condition following a two-car crash at Illowa.
Koroit police Sergeant Pat Day said a family of five, all Chinese nationals, travelling north on Southern Cross Road collided with a Portland couple travelling south near the intersection of Tower Hill Road at Illowa.
The woman in her 60s, belonging to the Chinese family, will be airlifted to hospital in Melbourne. A child was among the others injured and is in a stable condition. The child’s mother suffered a broken collarbone and the driver has whiplash and chest pain. Another passenger in that car was uninjured.
The Portland man travelling in the other vehicle suffered back injuries and a woman was uninjured.
A man in a ute stopped at the intersection was also unhurt after his vehicle narrowly escaped being hit in the crash.
Both the Tower Hill and Southern Cross roads remain closed.
The Major Collision Investigation Unit is on its way to the scene.
EARLIER: Emergency services are responding to a two-car crash at Illowa.
Five people were injured in the crash at the intersection of Southern Cross and Tower Hill Road, Illowa about 1.40pm Monday.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesmen spokesperson said four people were in a stable condition. One person has suffered head injuries and will be airlifted to hospital in Melbourne.
Roads closures, including the intersection of Southern Cross Road and the Princes Highway, are currently in place and motorists are being urged to avoid the area.
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