A WOMAN and young child are lucky to be alive after their Holden Commodore rolled in mid-air, slid down an embankment and came to rest in a paddock on the Leongatha-Dumbalk Road on Wednesday morning.
Senior Constable Nathan Grist said it appeared the Dumbalk driver appeared to have lost control on the windy road in the slippery conditions on the commute to Leongatha.
“The vehicle left the road, and came to rest down an embankment in a paddock, near Christoffersons Road, near the quarry,” Snr Const Grist said.
“Both occupants of the vehicle, a woman and five or six year-old child in the back, were transported to Dandenong Hospital for observation only.
“There were no major injuries.”
Snr Const Grist said it appeared the car had rolled mid-air and collided with trees and roadside barriers.
“Luckily they only hit some rotten blackwood trees which snapped off very easily.
“If it had of been a gum tree, it would’ve been a double fatality.
“They are very lucky.
“It serves as a reminder that we can’t always drive to the sign-posted speed limits. You must drive to the conditions.”
The road is well-known for its slippery conditions, with moss growing on it as the area is often in complete shade all day.
Bass Coast Highway Patrol is still investigating whether speed was a factor in the incident.
Investigators joined ambulance, SES, CFA and local police at the scene.