Man dies after fatal crash near Portland

A 32-YEAR-OLD man died in a car crash near Portland on Tuesday morning.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 6am near the intersection of Dougherties Road and Heath Road.

The man was the sole occupant of a four-wheel-drive.

He died at the scene.

Police are investigating the exact cause of the crash.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Dougherties Road was temporarily blocked to traffic following the accident, and police warned motorists to stay away from the area and seek alternate routes.

Heath Road lies west of Portland, running off the Portland-Nelson Road.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

They can also visit to submit a confidential report.

It is the 97th fatality on Victorian roads this year.

To the same time last year there had been 106 deaths.

It is only the second fatality on Glenelg Shire roads so far this year, according to TAC data.

It is the fifth death to have occurred on roads in south-west municipalities (Glenelg, Moyne, Corangamite, Southern Grampians and Warrnambool) since January 1.

The accident comes after Victoria Police assistant commissioner for road policing command Doug Fryer recently spoke out about his concern that speed limits of 100km/h on B and C class country roads were contributing to the road toll.

“Country roads are inherently dangerous when compared to metro,” he said.

“The speed limit (100km/h) is the same on a B and C class road and the only thing that stops you having a head on ... is a single white line.”