A MAN has been taken to hospital with facial injuries after the ute he was driving crashed into a house and the side of a small art gallery in Bendigo.
Emergency services were called to Bridge Street about 2.30pm today.
The driver, a 25-year-old man, was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Paramedics took the man to Bendigo Health in a stable condition.
Bendigo Senior Constable Levina Bell said witnesses believed speed could have been a factor in the crash.
The vehicle left the road along the bend near Mulqueen Family Funerals Funerals, collecting a post and a sign before it came to a rest in the buildings.
The vehicle ploughed through a fence and a brick wall supporting the house's verandah.
It crashed through another brick wall, leaving a hole in the side of the art gallery.
The building that houses the gallery was formerly The Petal Factory.
Powercor attended to ensure power lines connecting the house to a nearby power pole were safe.
Traffic was reduced to a single lane on Bridge Street, towards Bendigo, as emergency services attended.
Firefighters, police, paramedics and SES responded.
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