UPDATE: Road remains closed after Illowa crash, Major Collision Unit is at the scene

Critical: Roads remain closed after a two car crash at Illowa where two women were flown to Melbourne hospitals. The accident occurred at the intersection of Southern Cross and Tower Hill roads.
Critical: Roads remain closed after a two car crash at Illowa where two women were flown to Melbourne hospitals. The accident occurred at the intersection of Southern Cross and Tower Hill roads.

UPDATE 8.30am: The Southern Cross Road at Illowa has re-opened to traffic this morning.

The two women injured in the crash remain in Melbourne hospitals.

An Alfred Hospital spokeswoman said a woman in her 50s remained in a critical condition.

A Royal Melbourne spokeswoman said a woman in her early 60s was in a stable condition. 

UPDATE: 9.30pm

Two women critically injured in a crash at Illowa on Tuesday have been flown to Melbourne hospitals. 

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said a woman in her 50s, believed to be the driver of the Mazda, was taken by air ambulance with suspected head injuries. She was taken to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. The passenger of the Mazda was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

An Alfred Hospital spokeswoman said the woman in her 50s, believed to be the driver, was in a critical but stable condition.

A Royal Melbourne spokeswoman said a woman, believed to be the passenger and aged in her early 60s, was in a stable condition at the Royal Melbourne.

Koroit police Sergeant Pat Day said the intersection remained closed and the police Major Collision Unit had arrived on scene.

The intersection is expected to be closed for the next two to three hours, Sergeant Day said. 

UPDATE: 6.05pm

Two women are being flown to Melbourne in a critical condition after an accident in Illowa on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened at the intersection of Southern Cross and Tower Hill roads.

Koroit police Sergeant Pat Day said it appeared the female driver of the grey Mazda sedan and her passenger, were travelling east on the Tower Hill Road, towards Warrnambool, and failed to stop at the intersection.

The Mazda collided with a white dual cab Nissan Navara, driven by a female P-plater, heading north on Southern Cross Road about 4.20pm.

“We believe (the driver of the Mazda) has failed to give way for whatever reason and has been struck by the Nissan Navara,” Sergeant Day said. 

He said the air ambulance would land at the scene to fly the female driver, 58, to Melbourne, while her passenger, aged in her early 60s, would be transported by road ambulance to the Warrnambool Airport and flown to Melbourne. 

He said the female P-plate driver was in shock but not injured in the crash.

“The driver and the passenger from the grey Mazda are being airlifted and they’re both in a critical condition,” he said.

Sergeant Day said emergency services and SES members worked to free the two women from the sedan. “They’ve had to cut the car to get both of them out.”

Sergeant Day said the roads would be closed for some time while police completed their investigations. The Major Collision Unit may also come from Melbourne, he said.

Sergeant Day said factors that contributed to the crash were unknown at this stage. “Early indications are that we’ve got is (the driver) failed to stop at a stop sign but we’re going to have to make some more inquiries.

“The roads are going to be closed for some time.”

He said multiple passers-by stopped to render assistance and Warrnambool SES, two ambulances, a paramedic and CFA units attended.

Five people were injured in a two-car crash at the same site in July last year.

The 2017 incident occurred when a family of six from China were travelling north on Southern Cross Road and collided with a Portland couple travelling south near the intersection of Tower Hill Road.

EARLIER

Emergency services are responding to a crash at Illowa.

The crash is on the corner of the Southern Cross and Tower Hill roads. 

Police have confirmed two people are in a critical condition and are in the process of being flown to Melbourne.

Ambulance, SES and CFA are at the incident.

Motorists are being urged to avoid the area, as roads are closed.

Diversions are in place.

MORE TO COME.

*An earlier version of this article said the driver of the Mazda was aged 48 years.