UPDATE SUNDAY 3PM: A father, baby and toddler are still fighting for their lives after a crash in Brimin, near Rutherglen, which killed a mother and her 12-year-old son on Friday.
The family of five from Bundalong – Amanda Kilmister, her husband Paul and their three boys aged eight months, 12 and two – were driving home after dinner when the horrific crash occurred.
Ms Kilmister, 37, and her 12-year-old son died at the scene, while the others were flown by air ambulance to hospital in Melbourne.
Mr Kilmister, aged 44, was still in a stable but critical condition in hospital on Sunday.
Their two-year-old and eight-month-old boys were both critically injured in the crash, but their conditions have since been downgraded to serious but stable.
It is understood the couple's eldest son was not in the car with them.
Indigo mayor Bernard Gaffney said the crash was "devastating" for the community.
"Once children are involved, it's devastating for the entire community, let alone emergency services who had to attend the scene," he said.
"It's a wake-up call that you think this could never happen to you. It's just horrific.
"Most of these accidents happen on country roads. However, I do not want to get political over road spending."
EARLIER: Two people killed – a mother and her son – and three others critically injured in a horror crash between Rutherglen and Yarrawonga are all from the same family.
The group were travelling towards Yarrawonga on the Murray Valley Highway when their Audi collided head-on with a truck transporting offal.
The mother, aged 37, and her 12-year-old son died at the scene.
The father, aged 44, their eight-month-old and their toddler were all critically injured and transported by air ambulance to Melbourne.
The family of five from Bundalong were driving home after dinner when the horrific crash occurred just before 10pm.
Addressing the media in Melbourne, Victoria Police Superintendent John Fitzpatrick said attending to the scene had been difficult for police and emergency services.
Police believe the truck, heading to Wodonga, was on the wrong side of the road when it collided with the Audi.
The 31-year-old truck driver from Mooroopna has been interviewed and released pending further enquiries.
The scene of the collision, about 500 metres west of Brimin Road, was closed to traffic as detectives from the major collision investigation unit investigated the cause of the crash.
The Murray Valley Highway was reopened at about 1.30pm but a speed restriction of 40km/h was put in place due to the poor road surface condition left by the truck’s spilled load.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: Police and VicRoads remain on scene at the site of a double fatal in Brimin this morning.
Victoria Police’s Major Collision Investigation Unit has been assessing the scene.
At 9:30pm on Friday night a prime mover and semi trailer full of offal and an Audi with 5 people collided, the truck was travelling east bound towards Rutherglen on the Murray Valley Highway and the car was travelling west towards Yarrawonga.
3 air ambulances were called to the scene with an adult and two children, all males were airlifted to hospital with critical Injuries.
UPDATE SATURDAY, 2AM: Two people have died and three others suffered critical injuries in a crash near Rutherglen on Friday night.
Police said it was understood an eastbound truck on the Murray Valley Highway in Brimin collided with a westbound car just after 9.30pm.
A woman, believed to the be the driver of the car, and a child passenger, a boy, died at the scene.
An adult and two children, all males and occupants of the car, were airlifted to hospital with critical Injuries.
The male driver of the truck stopped and assisted at the scene and has since been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The scene of the collision, which is about 500 metres west of Brimin Road, will be closed to traffic for some time.
Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are on their way and will investigate the cause of the collision.
Anyone who witnessed the collision can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au
EARLIER: Police and emergency services were attending a serious crash on the Murray Valley Highway late on Friday night.
Initial reports suggested several passengers were trapped after a collision between a truck and a car on the highway at Brimin, between Rutherglen and Bundalong before 10pm.
The Murray Valley Highway was closed as a result of the collision near Colvin Road, with traffic being directed to the Yarrawonga-Wangaratta Road and Three Chain Road.
It came as heavy winds lashed the North East region.
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