A man, aged in his 80s, was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition after the car he was driving collided with a power pole in Warrnambool on Monday.
A Warrnambool police spokesman said the incident occurred in King Street about 11.45am when the male driver suffered a medical condition. The man and his female passenger, also aged in her 80s, were from Melbourne.
They were in a Mazda sedan travelling south along King Street, south of Canterbury Road, when the single-vehicle crash occurred.
King Street was closed to traffic for more than an hour while officers responded.
An ambulance spokeswoman said the woman was transported to the Warrnambool Base Hospital with chest injuries in a stable condition. A Royal Melbourne Hospital spokeswoman said on Monday night that the man remained in a critical condition.
In other news, two drivers escaped serious injury after a head-on crash on Mortlake Road on Monday at 4.15pm.
Warrnambool police Leading Senior Constable Ashley Ellemor said the crash occurred near Conheadys Road, north of the Wangoom Road turn off, in the 80 kilometre zone. He said it occurred on a straight stretch of road in dry conditions.
Leading Senior Constable Ellemor said it appeared the 19-year-old female driver of a Holden ute, from Framlingham, was on the wrong side of the road when she collided with a delivery truck, driven by a man in his 60s from Nullawarre.
“The exact cause is yet to be established,” he said.
Both lanes were closed for two hours while the scene was cleared and police are investigating.
An ambulance spokeswoman said they transported the drivers to the Warrnambool Base Hospital in a stable condition. The man suffered chest injuries and the female driver had leg injuries.