AN 18-YEAR-OLD airlifted to Melbourne in the wake of a fatal crash remains in a serious condition tonight.
Ambulance Victoria airlifted the teenager to the Royal Melbourne Hospital today.
Police believe he was one of the passengers in the car which crashed shortly after 3am.
POLICE believe the actions of bystanders might have saved a life in a crash that killed a 16-year-old and left an 18-year-old with life-threatening injuries.
Investigators hope to speak to anyone who may have attended the scene - or witnessed the crash - as part of their enquiries.
Officers say the blue Holden Commodore was travelling south on McCrae Street when it lost control. It crossed the northbound lanes and came to rest on the west side of McCrae Street, against a fence of a nearby property.
Police say speed and alcohol may have contributed to the collision.
One passenger, a 16-year-old Goornong boy, died at the scene. An 18-year-old male passenger was taken to the Bendigo hospital with life-threatening injuries, before being flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The male police believe was driving is in police custody at Bendigo hospital, where he is being assessed for minor injuries.
Police believe the 16-year-old was the car's rear passenger and the 18-year-old was the front passenger.
The crash took place about 3am on Monday.
Major Collisions Investigation Unit Detective Acting Sergeant Ben Oliver said police were still trying to identify several people who had come to the aid of the vehicle's occupants after the crash. He asked these people to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Acting Sergeant Oliver said police were also investigating reports of a blue Holden Commodore seen driving erratically in the Epsom area earlier that morning. He urged anyone who had seen this to also contact Crime Stoppers.
Acting Sergeant Oliver said nearby residents assisting at the scene possibly helped save the life of one of the car's occupants.
"We're very thankful for the response that was rendered to the gentlemen in this car," he said.
"There were a number of people on scene really quickly, which is really positive and that may well have contributed to potentially saving one of the lives of the occupants."
Acting Sergeant Oliver urged all drivers to slow down, drive to their capabilities, and the condition of the roads. He said the news of the crash was horrible for families of the occupants.
"Nobody wants to witness collisions like this, or any collisions. Any life lost is one life too many lost on the roads," he said.
"This year the road toll remains lower, certainly it's no where near low enough. We want to get to zero."
Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash cam footage or any other information, can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at crimestoppersvic.com.au.
BENDIGO police have spoken at the scene of the crash. Watch it here:
ONE of the injured teenagers has been airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.
A Bendigo Health spokesperson said another teen remained in the hospital's care. The 18-year-old was in a stable condition. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
A 16-YEAR-OLD GOORNONG boy has died at the scene of a crash on McCrae Street, Bendigo, early Monday morning.
Police attended the location after reports a car had crashed into a pole about 3.15am.
Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the fatal crash.
A Bendigo West teen, 18, was taken to hospital with suspected life-threatening injuries.
An 18-year-old Strathfieldsaye teenager was also taken to Bendigo hospital with injuries, which are believed to be non-life threatening.
The 16-year-old teenager died at the scene. The next of kin has been informed.
Police are still establishing the exact circumstances surrounding the collision.
They urged anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash cam footage or any other information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
The Major Collision Investigation Unit has arrived on scene in McCrae Street, Bendigo.
Police, State Emergency Service crews and Powercor are also at the site of the crash.
A MAN is in a critical condition in Bendigo hospital after a crash on McCrae Street overnight, about 3am.
He was one of two men in their late teens transported to hospital from the scene.
The crash involved a blue car and a power pole. The car is sitting on a footpath.
Police and State Emergency Service crews remain at the scene. McCrae Street remains closed between its intersections with Chapel Street and Nolan Street.
The man in a critical condition suffered head injuries in the crash.
The second man remains in a stable condition with lower body injuries.
It's unclear how many people were in the car.
Ambulance Victoria were called to the scene of the crash just after 3.10am.
Powercor are on scene.
McCRAE Street in Bendigo has been closed after a serious crash overnight, involving a blue car.
A power line appears to be down near the car.
Police and State Emergency Service crews are on the scene.
The road is closed from Chapel Street to Nolan Street.
More to come
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