Residents mourn brothers killed in crash

TRIBUTES are flowing for two brothers killed in a horror crash near Wedderburn on Saturday afternoon. 

Gary Whearem, 55, of Cobram, and Fred Whearem, 30, died when their car hit a tree on the Calder Highway at Glenalbyn.

Three vehicles were travelling side by side moments before a crash which killed two people, a witness told police at the time.

A 35-year-old woman and 67-year-old man, who had been travelling in a separate car, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

They were arrested and questioned by police but have since been released. 

A 51-year-old Wedderburn man, who had been travelling in a third vehicle, was also arrested but has also been released.

Detective Senior Sergeant Gerard Clanchy said a witness made a triple-0 call with reports of erratic driving moments before the crash.

The witness told police the vehicles had been overtaking in a “leap-frogging” manner before two vehicles collided and crashed.

Family and friends have paid tribute to the brothers. 

"Loved partner and soul mate of Sally. Stepfather and friend of Cory. Forever in our hearts," said a death notice.

Others expressed the devastating nature of the crash on social media.

"My parents were the first people on the scene to this, a man died in my dad's arms... Very very sad..." Kerry Chamberlain said. 

A man died in my dad's arms... Very very sad. - Kerry Chamberlain

Detective Leading Senior Constable Dave Morris said police were continuing their investigation. 

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