Two men have died in separate car crashes in horrific seven-hour stretch on roads at Lowesdale and Little Billabong

TWISTED WRECK: The scene of Sunday night's fatal crash, which was followed by a second death on Monday morning. Picture: MARK JESSER

TWISTED WRECK: The scene of Sunday night's fatal crash, which was followed by a second death on Monday morning. Picture: MARK JESSER

TWO MEN have been killed in separate car crashes, leading to police warnings about safe driving.

A Melbourne driver was killed on the Hume Highway near Little Billabong early Monday morning.

The man’s car left the road about 2.35am and travelled into the centre culvert and rolled into a tree.

The vehicle had been travelling south, but stopped on an embankment near the northbound lanes, killing the 23-year-old Sunshine West resident.

His passenger, a 28-year-old man from Deer Park, freed himself from the smashed car but was unable to save the driver.

Police are investigating whether the pair had travelled to Sydney and were returning, and whether fatigue played a role.

Detective Inspector Winston Woodward said it was also possible the driver hit wildlife.

“The passenger has been able to get out of the vehicle and tried to render assistance to the driver, and commenced to call Triple-0,” he said.

“Police arrived a short time later with ambulance, but the driver was deceased at the scene.

“I think the big message here to get out is when you’re driving at 2.30am in the morning, on a country road or any road for that matter, be aware of wildlife and be aware of fatigue issues.

“(There’s) no evidence of anything suspicious due to alcohol or drugs.”

Detective Inspector Woodward urged drivers to slow down and have greater awareness on the roads.

“It’s a tragedy for the family,” he said.

“It’s a tragedy for the emergency services who have attended.

“There are no winners.

“It’s always tragic when you attend the scene of a fatal accident.”

Police were still trying to contact next of kin on Monday. 

The crash followed a fatality on the Riverina Highway at Lowesdale on Sunday night which killed a 45-year-old Bright man.

The man’s Toyota LandCruiser hit a B-double head-on about 7.45pm.

The 45-year-old died at the scene and both vehicles were extensively damaged in the collision. 

The incident occurred about six kilometres north of Corowa. 

The truck driver was treated at the scene for back pain and was later transported to Corowa Hospital for treatment.

“At this stage there is no suspicious reasons behind the accident,” Detective Inspector Woodward said.

“It’s believed it’s driver error.

“Crime scene and detectives will continue to investigate until we prepare a brief for the coroner.” 

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