UPDATE, Friday, 7.45am:
Police say an agriculture industry worker in his late 30s was fortunate to survive a glancing fatal head-on collision near Darlington on Thursday morning.
Camperdown police Sergeant Cameron Ross said the ute driver saw the other vehicle cross the centre of the Hamilton Highway heading towards him and did all he could to avoid the collision on the slight bend about two kilometres east of Darlington.
"He's seen the driver of the other vehicle drifting, taken evasive action and done as much as he possibly could in the 100km/h zone to avoid the collision," he said.
"They've glanced off each other, but they've hit very hard. It was not a full head-on collision.
"Both vehicles have lost their driver's side front wheels. The accident scene was about 400 metres long."
Sergeant Ross said the driver of the ute suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
"He was sitting up in the ambulance and appeared to have fairly minor injuries," he said.
"He was very very lucky. the outcome for him could have been far worse."
A 49-year-old Terang man, the driver of the other station wagon, died in the collision.
There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Thursday, 2.30pm: A 49-year-old man from Terang died in a Hamilton Highway head-on collision near Darlington on Thursday morning.
It's understood one of the vehicles involved was on the wrong side of the road on a slight bend.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
Anyone who witnessed the vehicles before the collision, which happened just before 10.45am, or who has dash camera footage of the vehicles is requested to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
UPDATE, 12.25pm: Police and emergency services are currently on scene following a fatal head-on collision near Darlington.
It is believed the two cars collided on the Hamilton Highway just before 10.45am two kilometres east of the town.
A yet to be formally identified man, who was the driver of one of the vehicles, died at the accident scene.
The driver and sole occupant of the other vehicle has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Hamilton Highway is currently closed and diversions are in place around the accident scene.
Police will investigate the cause of the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have dash cam footage, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
There have been 129 lives lost on Victorian roads this year compared to 167 for the same time last year.
Earlier: Emergency services personnel are on the way to a serious car accident near Darlington.
The accident happened on the Hamilton Highway about two kilometres east of Darlington.
Those attending including police, ambulance and Country Fire Authority units.
It's understood that a person involved is very seriously injured, but no details are available at this early stage.
More to come.
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