2 dead, driver critical in Wodonga crash

TWO people died at the scene of a single vehicle crash near Baranduda yesterday, while a third remains in a critical condition.

It is understood all three people were thrown from the car when it veered off Baranduda Boulevard about 3.50pm, crashing into a tree and flipping onto its roof.

Baranduda Boulevard remained closed to traffic from Wodonga-Beechworth Road to Boyes Road last night, with investigators from the Victoria Police Major Collision Unit in Melbourne arriving on the scene about 7.30pm.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the driver, believed to be a man in his 30s, was flown to the Alfred hospital.

“He was put in a medically-induced coma,” he said.

“He is in a critical condition with head injuries and multi-trauma.”

A Victoria Police spokeswoman last night confirmed the two passengers had died but police could not yet release any further details about their ages or genders.

She also could not confirm details regarding the driver’s identity.

Emergency services rushed to the crash site yesterday afternoon, including police, CFA units, SES and paramedics.

The car could be seen flipped on its roof near the side of the road, about two kilometres from the Wodonga-Beechworth Road roundabout, but traffic was quickly diverted from the scene.

The crash was just a few hundred metres from the scene of another fatal crash last September, when a 40-year-old Baranduda motorcyclist died after colliding with a trailer attached to the back of the utility he was travelling behind.

It was one of two fatal crashes on Victoria’s roads yesterday, with a head-on crash on the Melba Highway near Kinglake about 5.30pm.

A female driver died at the scene and the other has serious injuries.

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