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A BARANDUDA father is dead and his 12-year-old daughter is fighting for her life after a crash between a motorcycle and a car towing a trailer at Leneva yesterday.
Sgt Mal Burdett said the man, 40, was riding away from Wodonga on Baranduda Boulevard about 2.30pm.
The girl was seated on the back when the motorcycle struck a trailer behind a Toyota Hilux driven by a Wodonga man, 54.
He had been travelling in the same direction as the bike.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate the father but he died at the scene.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the girl suffered injuries that paramedics described as “multi-trauma” including broken bones and internal injuries.
She was taken to Albury hospital in a serious condition.
Last night she was flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
The driver of the car was visibly shocked as two people helped him to walk from his car to talk to police.
The accident happened a few hundred metres east of the roundabout on the Wodonga-Beechworth road.
Four young women stopped and phoned triple-0 when they came across the scene, later huddling together on the roadside.
A man who drove from a property about 500 metres away when he heard the crash shook as he leant against the car involved in the collision.
“And these four girls were here,” he said.
“Already there was an elderly couple working on them.
“It’s an awful thing to see.”
Several cars stopped on Baranduda Boulevard as police started piecing together what had happened. The Hilux appeared undamaged.
Sgt Burdett said last night a cause had not yet been established and police would like to hear from witnesses.
“We’re looking at all aspects being mechanical, environmental and the human element and all will be investigated fully,” he said.
Baranduda Boulevard was closed in both lanes until 8pm.
The accident happened a few kilometres from where another tragic motorcycle and car collision occurred in May.
Grandfather Graeme Coysh, 60, was killed when a car turned into the path of the motorcycle he was riding where the Kiewa Valley Highway meets John Boyes Drive at Baranduda.
The number of people killed on Border roads this year now stands at 23, the same total as last year.
“Police are calling for all road users, both drivers and pedestrians alike, to take care when on the roads,” Sgt Burdett said.
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