AN OUTTRIM father and husband has been killed in a tragic multiple car accident near Leongatha on Saturday afternoon.
Uwe Pruin, 59, lost his life when police say an oncoming car crossed on to the wrong side of the Strzelecki Highway, colliding with his car on Crightons Hill around 4.30pm.
Mr Pruin’s wife and two daughters aged 15 and 13 were passengers in the car and were also injured during the accident.
A second car travelling behind the Pruin’s vehicle was also involved in the collision; the 25 year-old driver from Newborough was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with chest injuries.
He is in a stable condition.
The horrific chain of events unfolded when a 20 year-old Ferntree Gully man driving a 4WD was travelling north from Leongatha towards Mirboo North.
Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon said it appeared the driver of the 4WD approached the left hand bend met the other two cars on the wrong side of the road, colliding with both vehicles.
Mr Pruin died at the scene, while his 13 year-old daughter was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital with multiple breaks and fractures to her legs and arms.
According to Sgt McCahon she has undergone surgery and is in a stable condition.
Mrs Pruin and the 15 year-old daughter were both taken to the Leongatha Hospital where they were treated and later released.
The driver of the 4WD was also taken to the Leongatha Hospital where he received treatment for minor injuries.
“The man was released from the hospital and then attended the Leongatha Police station where he assisted police with their investigation into the cause of the accident,” Sgt McCahon said.
The Major Collision Investigation Unit will now look into the cause of the accident and Sgt McCahon said a thorough investigation will take place which will take some time.
“It will be quite a while before a cause is determined. A report will also be prepared for the Coroner,” he said.
The accident was attended by members of the Leongatha and Meeniyan Police, Bass Coast and Latrobe Valley Highway Patrol Units who were diverted from the Phillip Island Superbikes, along with local CFA crews and the Leongatha SES Unit.
Sgt McCahon praised the efforts of the emergency service workers who faced the terrible conditions.
“They once again did a really wonderful job, especially because many of them knew those involved,” he said.
“So they really must be commended.”
The highway remained closed until 10pm with traffic diverted via Mardan Road in both directions.