A mother and her son have been killed, and three other members of the same family are fighting for their lives, after the car they were travelling in was involved in a head-on crash with a truck in Victoria’s north-east.
Police said the truck was travelling on the wrong side of the Murray Valley Highway at Brimin, near Rutherglen, about 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, when it collided with the car carrying the family about 10:30pm on Friday.
The woman, who was believed to be the driver of the car, died at the scene.
The boy also died at the scene.
A man and two boys who were travelling in the same car were airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“It’s an absolute tragedy because you have five members of the same family that potentially could lose their lives in the one incident,” said Detective Sergeant Daryll Out, from Victoria Police’s Major Collision Investigation Unit.
The male driver of the truck stopped and assisted at the scene.
He has since been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Sergeant Out said police were yet to speak to the driver.
He urged drivers to be vigilant.
“It’s 10:30 at night, it’s dark and people might be getting tired and if you are tired you need to take extreme care and manage your fatigue levels,” he said.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The crash brings the Victoria’s road toll for 2018 to 173, 27 fewer than at the same point last year.