A tragic day on Victoria’s roads saw four travelers from New South Wales killed in a truck collision in Chiltern, while a pedestrian died after being struck by a car in Shepparton North.
The two fatal incidents occurred on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, bringing the total number of lives lost so far this year in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley and Ovens Murray region to 45. That represents over 20% of the state’s overall road toll, with 30 deaths in the Goulburn Valley alone – the highest outside Greater Melbourne.
In Chiltern, four occupants of a sedan were killed after their car collided with a B-double truck at the intersection of Wenkes Road and the Hume Highway. The victims were two couples in their 70s from the NSW Central Coast. The truck driver, a 30-year-old man, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are investigating the cause of the devastating crash, which happened around 10:30 a.m. The truck belonged to the company Ron Finemore Transport based in Wodonga. Managing Director Mark Parry said they would assist with the investigation and expressed condolences to those affected.
Just hours prior in Shepparton North, a male pedestrian died after being hit by a car on Barmah-Shepparton Road around 7:30 pm Wednesday. The female driver remained at the scene and spoke with police. Both collisions remain under active investigation.
Authorities urge anyone with information or footage to contact Crime Stoppers. The community mourns the tragic loss of life.
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