POLICE are still investigating the cause of an accident just past the road works on the South Gippsland Highway.
Senior Constable Paul Malouf said the condition of the road was not a factor.
The accident occurred just after 4pm where the road works at the Ruby straight peter out – the road was in a 60km/h zone.
S/C Malouf said it appeared a red Toyota Lexcen sedan travelling towards Leongatha went over the double white lines, veered on to the wrong side of the road and collided with a black Mazda SUV travelling in the opposite direction.
The force of the collision saw the Mazda pushed into traffic, colliding with a white Toyota ute.
The 43 year-old Wonthaggi driver of the Toyota was trapped in her vehicle for a short time and was cut free by Leongatha SES volunteers.
She was conveyed to the Alfred Hospital by helicopter with leg injuries.
The 48 year-old Mazda driver from Traralgon was taken to Dandenong Hospital with spinal injuries and the 26 year-old ute driver from Leongatha was taken to the Leongatha Hospital.
“The incident is still under investigation,” S/C Malouf said.
“However, there are several witnesses who said prior to the accident the red car was being driven erratically.”
“We would still like to speak to any other witnesses to the accident or the circumstances leading up to it.”
Anyone with information should call the Bass Coast Highway Patrol on 5671 4100.
Near misses on Sages and Logans Road
Traffic was diverted up Sages and Logans Road while the helicopter landed and police processed the scene.
The three-car collision coincided with heavy after-work traffic and Sages and Logans Road was at capacity on Wednesday afternoon.
Visibility was poor on the road in the dusty conditions until a dust suppression vehicle was called out to the scene and worked into the night until the road was reopened.
Ironically, the state of Sages and Logans Road (which had just been graded), and the Leongatha Aerodrome-Korumburra Road were highlighted at council’s briefing session just an hour before the accident.
Residents along the road said VicRoads should have to foot the bill for roadworks along the section as locals used the roads as an alternative to the delays on the highway.
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, a resident of Ruby, confirmed that if a road is a declared detour from VicRoads roadworks, VicRoads is responsible for the deterioration of the road.
He said in this case the roads were not official detours and were therefore the responsibility of council, but confirmed the “council is very aggressively advocating for” the timely completion of roadworks.