Illowa crash driver likely to be charged

Police take measurements at a two-car collision at the corner of Tower Hill Road and Southern Cross Road at Illowa. Picture: Rob Gunstone
Police take measurements at a two-car collision at the corner of Tower Hill Road and Southern Cross Road at Illowa. Picture: Rob Gunstone

A MAN is expected to be charged over a serious car accident at Illowa on Monday.

Senior Constable Corey Holland said the driver of the north-bound vehicle involved in the two-car collision will be charged with failing to give way.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Southern Cross and Tower Hill roads on Monday afternoon.

Five people were injured in the accident, including an elderly grandmother, who is still in a serious but stable condition in Melbourne’s Alfred hospital. She suffered chest, abdominal and minor head injuries, while a baby in the same car received minor injuries. The baby’s mother suffered a broken collar bone while the driver suffered chest pain.

A man in the other vehicle suffered back pain while a woman in the vehicle suffered shock.

Sergeant Pat Day of Koroit said the vehicle carrying the family was travelling north on Southern Cross Road when it collided with a red utility carrying two people from Portland who were travelling south on the same road. 

He said the driver of the north-bound vehicle was attempting to turn right into Tower Hill Road when he hit the other vehicle.

“People shouldn’t be colliding at that intersection,” Sergeant Day said.

“It’s got a bad name … but I wouldn’t have thought there was anything you can do.”

Senior Constable Holland agreed, saying it appeared the north-bound driver “failed to observe the second vehicle by distraction or other means”.

“Normally accidents at that intersection ... from people going across (Southern Cross Road),” Senior Constable said. 

“This one was different because it was oncoming traffic.”