Pair escape as car burns

TWO Victorians escaped minutes before their car burst into flames in a Hume Highway crash near Holbrook.

Insp Tony Moodie, of Albury police, said the man, 32, and woman, 24, both from Melbourne, were travelling at 110km/h on the Hume Highway at Little Billabong on Saturday.

Insp Moodie said at 5.15pm, four kilometres north of Little Billabong, a back tyre blew out on their Honda CRV which began to slide sideways.

It slid onto the median strip between the north and south lanes and rolled, coming to rest on its side, he said.

“Several drivers stopped and went to the aid of the two passengers.”

Insp Moodie said passing motorists helped the pair out of the car minutes before it caught alight.

They were not injured but the fire completely destroyed the vehicle.

“It was engulfed in flames,” Insp Moodie said.

“It was a lucky escape.”

Both lanes of the highway were blocked for a short period before single lanes in both directions were reopened at 6.45pm.

The crash occurred less than a month after two people were killed and five others injured in a crash on the highway at Holbrook.

Seven people, from three generations of the same family, were in a Nissan Patrol when it crashed six kilometres north of Holbrook at the Rankins Lane turn-off.

A husband and wife, both aged 70, died at the scene.

A week before that, a Melbourne man was killed near Holbrook after a Toyota Corolla carrying five people hit a tree.