Yarrawonga holidaymaker fighting for his life

A YARRAWONGA holidaymaker is fighting for his life in hospital after he crashed his car just kilometres from his destination yesterday.

The single-car crash on the Benalla-Yarrawonga Road that happened about 12.30pm yesterday prompted police to step up their road safety warnings as commuters flood roads during the Christmas holidays.

Yarrawonga Leading Sen-Constable Rick Ellis said a Melton man, 66, was towing a trailer full of camping gear when he lost control of his Nissan Patrol on gravel along the roadside about 13 kilometres south of Yarrawonga.

“These prangs keep happening close to their destinations,” he said.

The car rolled several times and came to rest in a paddock.

Sen-Constable Ellis said the driver, the only person in the car, suffered serious head injuries and was flown to The Alfred hospital from the crash site.

A hospital spokeswoman said last night the driver was in a critical, but stable condition.

Sen-Constable Ellis urged drivers to be wary of fatigue and if they veer into gravel, steer out of it gently and not brake or accelerate suddenly.

Meanwhile, Wodonga highway patrol say they are lucky no serious injury or fatal collisions have occurred during the Christmas period in their patch.

Wodonga highway patrol officer Sgt Mal Burdett said they detected three drink-drivers and one drug-driver since December 22.

Sgt Burdett said one P-plater from Melbourne who was driving to Sydney was allegedly caught travelling at 132km/h on the Hume Freeway and returned a blood alcohol reading of .132 at 7.20am on Christmas Day.

He said another man, aged 60 from Wodonga, was allegedly detected speeding at 129km/h on the Hume Freeway at Barnawartha with a .148 reading at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve.

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