A MAN smashed his car into four vehicles, shearing the front wheel off one, before writing off his own car on Christmas Eve.
The 45-year-old Ford Falcon driver hit the vehicles on the wrong side of the road on Wade Street in Golden Square about 9.30pm.
He was cut from his vehicle by the SES and was taken from the scene by an ambulance to Bendigo Hospital. Witnesses said the man had been “flying” before the crash and said they had heard a loud explosion, with the driver’s car stopping about 100 metres from the first collision.
Fiona Peck had extended family over at her house, with several people sitting in the front room.
Three cars were hit on the home’s nature strip.
“Someone could easily have been killed,” she said.
“We were glad we were inside.
“We were having Christmas dinner so we rushed outside with our Christmas hats on.
“It looked like he wasn’t trying to stop ... there were no tyre marks.”
More than 20 emergency service workers attended the scene.
A nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said the sound of the collision was “like nothing I’ve ever heard before”.
“You knew it was a major, major accident, that’s what it sounded like,” he said. “I could hear him screaming up the hill, he was hammering.
“The scene was one of confusion, people didn’t know what to do and they were in shock.”
Two people who had been walking along Wade Street at the time provided information to police. Debris was spread along the road and two cars were towed from the scene. Police said the man would be interviewed at a later date.