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Car involved in the accident - PHOTO: Helen Tatchell
Truck’s damage after collision – PHOTO: Helen Tatchell

By Caitlin Bewley
(3rd Yr Swinburne Uni)

Two people in a 4WD have survived an accident with a truck, that could have easily been a double fatality.
The couple in their 60s were taken to hospital in a stable condition after their vehicle collided with a semi-trailer at the intersection of Geelong-Ballan Road and Old Melbourne Road in Ballan.
Police allege on Wednesday 26 February, the driver of a blue Jeep failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection.
The truck was travelling north bound and collided with the Jeep’s passenger side door, causing it to spin 360 degrees twice, before coming to rest in a southerly direction.
“They came out (of the intersection) and I saw this little blue thing right beside me, I put my foot on the brake and hoped for the best that I didn’t kill them,” the driver of the truck told the Moorabool News.
“People don’t open their eyes. If you’ve got a truck coming at you at 80kph, it’s like hitting a brick wall, it’s going to hurt,” he said.
The driver of the heavy vehicle did not suffer any injuries and was heading toward the Western Highway, on his return to South Australia.
Ambulance Victoria told the Moorabool News the injured pair from the Jeep were transported to Ballarat Base Hospital suffering sustained upper body injuries.
According to Ambulance Victoria, paramedics were called to the scene at approximately 12.40pm and taking both patients by road to hospital.
Members of Ballan CFA attended the scene, with the clean-up and traffic delays taking over an hour to clear.
Police issued a penalty notice to the driver of the motor vehicle.