• Road tragedy


    POLICE are continuing to investigate a horror road smash near Wooragee on Friday (August 19) in which two men lost their lives.

    VicRoads only last month asked for community submissions about ways in which the safety of Beechworth-Wodonga Road between Beechworth and Yackandandah turn-off might be improved.

    VicRoads’ planning manager Nathan Mullane said at the time that this stretch had earlier been identified as one of the state’s 20 highest risk road segments.

    Police investigators said Friday’s crash occurred when a sedan and a hatchback were being driven in opposite directions along Beechworth-Wodonga Road.

    The head-on collision occurred at about 9.25am.

    A 41-year-old from Wangaratta and a 43-year-old from Yackandandah died at the scene.

    There were no passengers in the vehicles.

    The fatalities came during what police have called a ‘horror week’ on Victorian roads in which 12 people died.

    “Twelve people who, this time last week, were making normal plans will no longer be spending time with their families,” Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said.

    “These people were pedestrians, drivers, passengers and a motorcyclist. But, more importantly, they were fathers, mothers, brother, sisters and friends.

    “The regional deaths are of particular concern because despite making up a smaller percentage of our population, nearly half of the deaths on our roads this year have been in country areas.”

    AC Fryer implored drivers to drive safely in wet conditions with more rain forecast this week.

    Community submissions to VicRoads’ assessment of safety impovement options for the road closed on July 20.

    Mr Mullane said at the time that 12 crashes on the road between June 2010 and June 2015 had led to three deaths.


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