Crashes prompt Bendigo police safety warning 

POLICE have called on motorists to take more care after a number of crashes in the Bendigo region yesterday.

A car pulling out onto the Midland Highway in Harcourt failed to give way and smashed into a truck yesterday afternoon.

The driver and passenger of the sedan, both aged in their 60s, were assisted by SES crews before being taken to Bendigo hospital with minor injuries.

Castlemaine police attended and blocked traffic near the intersection of Twyford Street for more than an hour-and-a-half.

Acting Sergeant David Semmens said the driver and passenger in the car were lucky to escape with only cuts and bruises.

The truck driver was uninjured. 

Sergeant Semmens said it was a case of driver error.

“Police will make further inquiries into charges. But the driver has clearly not given way turning out onto a major highway. It’s a reminder to always check twice and three times to make sure,” he said.

In a separate incident in Pall Mall, Bendigo, a two-car collision left a car stranded in the middle of busy traffic.

The head-on crash happened near the intersection of Williamson Street about 3.30pm after one car tried to turn into the car park beside the Bendigo Law Courts. 

The car ended up in the middle of the tram tracks and was later towed away.

Bendigo police attended the scene and helped move the second car away from traffic.

WRECK: The Harcourt crash. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

WRECK: The Harcourt crash. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY


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