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Drivers lucky to be alive

Numurkah Leader, 7 March 2018: Police say two drivers who were trapped in their cars after a serious collision in Numurkah last Wednesday are lucky to be alive.

A Nissan Patrol rolled and landed on its side after colliding with a Toyota Hilux ute at the intersection of Fuzzards and Boothroyds roads around 5pm on Wednesday.

The impact of the accident crushed the ute and scattered tools and belongings from the tray down Boothroyds Road.

Police are still investigating but believe the ute, which was travelling south on Boothroyds Rd, failed to give way and hit the driver’s side door of the Nissan Patrol.

The 31-year-old driver of the Nissan, from Numurkah, was headed east towards town on Fuzzards Rd.

“When he’s been hit he’s obviously lost control. It appears he’s stayed on his wheels until the end and then the car’s rolled over a couple of times,” Sergeant Tim Gleeson from Numurkah Police said.

The roof of the Nissan was squashed in when the vehicle rolled, trapping the driver, who remained conscious.

The 58-year-old driver of the ute, from Wunghnu, was also trapped, with emergency services workers unable to open the door of his vehicle.

He was reportedly unconscious for a period of time.

The two men are believed to have both been airlifted to Melbourne after scans at Shepparton Hospital showed the extent of their injuries.

The 31-year-old Numurkah man suffered a broken wrist, collarbone and ribs and sustained a serious black eye.

The injuries of the Wunghnu driver are not known.

Police don’t believe that speed, alcohol or drugs are likely to have been a factor in the accident.

“I think it was just a careless piece of driving,” Sergeant Gleeson said.

“A second either side and it could have been a different story. It could have been a near miss or it could have been a fatal. We’re always calling on people to pay attention on the roads, even when they know the roads to take care.”

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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