A 22-year-old Cobden driver is lucky to be alive after travelling along a road-side drain for 160 metres before his Holden Commodore became airborne and rolled on the Foxhow Road early Sunday morning.
Camperdown police Senior Constable Paul Marsland said the accident happened about 2.30am Sunday on the Camperdown-Foxhow Road, eight kilometres north of Camperdown.
He said fatigue and alcohol were being investigated as possible contributing factors in the single-vehicle accident.
Senior Constable Marsland warned drivers that police would be out on the roads across the south-west today as motorists made their way home after a busy Australia Day long weekend.
"The driver is extremely lucky to survive going on the damage to the vehicle," he said.
"We implore drivers to make sure they have had plenty of sleep and are in a condition to drive before making their way home today. We will be out on the roads."
The Holden Commodore sedan was heading south towards Camperdown from Ballarat when the sedan left the road and overturned.
The driver was transported to the Camperdown Hospital and then the Warrnambool Base Hospital for assessment and treatment to non-life-threatening injuries, which are believed to include broken bones in a hand and/or arm.
Senior Constable Marsland described the vehicle as an insurance write-off.
"We are currently investigating if fatigue or alcohol were contributing factors in the incident," he said.
"He's gone about 160 metres along a drain before striking a cross over, becoming airborne and then rolling.
"He went a long way and was lucky to survive it. We are not sure if he's nodded off (gone to sleep) and that's something we'll be investigating."
Anyone with information about the circumstances surrounding the accident is requested to contact the Camperdown police station on 5593 1000.
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