EMERGENCY services were called to two collisions on the South Gippsland Highway near Leongatha last Thursday afternoon.
The first crash occurred at around 2pm near the corner of Potters/Bellingham Road, when a 62 year old female from Trafalgar, travelling east in a small sedan, braked suddenly to avoid hitting a pedestrian removing debris including a plastic crate, that had fallen off the back of his ute.
Her vehicle was rear-ended by a second sedan, which was then rear-ended by a third car.
The 62-year-old Trafalgar woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening chest injuries.
The other drivers, a 57-year-old Boolarra woman and a 19-year-old Hallston man were assessed by paramedics at the scene.
A second series of rear-end collisions occurred about 100 metres down the road, on the ‘Ruby Straight,’ at 3.20pm, while police were still clearing the first crash site, with traffic cones and flashing lights alerting drivers to slow down.
Approaching banked up traffic from the west, a Volkswagen, driven by a 64-year-old Leongatha woman, collided with the back of a Subaru, driven by a 64-year-old Foster woman.
The Volkswagen hit the Subaru with such force that the Subaru then collided with the back of the car in front of it, a small sedan driven by an 86-year-old Korumburra woman.
No one was seriously injured but the driver of the Volkswagen was taken to hospital for observation. A male passenger travelling in the Subaru was also taken to hospital for observation.
Five out of the six vehicles involved in the collisions had to be towed from the scene.
Sergeant Adrian Condron of Inverloch police, on scene at the first incident, said the collisions should serve as a reminder to drivers to slow down as soon as they see flashing lights.
He said although the legal requirement was to slow to 40 kilometres when passing emergency services, in cases where police and paramedics were exposed on the road, that was too fast, and a speed of 20kms was more appropriate.
Sgt Condron said if drivers failed to exercise appropriate caution, police would be forced to close roads, rather than direct traffic and keep it moving around crash sites.