A 55 YEAR-OLD Melbourne man and his passenger were airlifted to hospital last Tuesday night after the car they were travelling in slammed into a tree near Korumburra.
The accident occurred around 6pm at the corner of Anderson Inlet and Miles roads, Moyarra.
According to Senior Constable Paul Malouf of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol, the driver lost control and the car spun before hitting the tree.
The driver who, was cut from the wreckage by the Loch Road Accident and Rescue team using the jaws of life, was flown by helicopter to the Alfred Hospital with a broken leg and other minor injuries.
The female passenger was airlifted to the Royal Women’s Hospital also with minor injuries.
Snr Const Malouf said while the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, loose gravel on the road was being considered as a contributing factor.
“We can’t rule out the condition of the road at this stage. There is some gravel on the corner which may have contributed to it,” he said.
“We are notifying the shire of it.”
Snr Const Malouf said the road where the accident occurred has been the scene of several incidents over the years and said this was a timely reminder for drivers to take care on country roads.
“By the sounds of it there have been some issues with the road which we need to look into,” he said.
“It is not marked, there is no centre dividing line and the edges of the road are mainly gravel or dirt.
“People need to be sensible and adjust their driving to the conditions.”
Traffic along that stretch of road is expected to become increasingly busier in the coming months with Inverloch bound holiday traffic being sent down Anderson Inlet Road by GPS systems.
“We will need to talk to the council and perhaps get some signs put up on these roads,” Snr Const Malouf said.