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The driver of this vehicle is believed to have caused the collision on Saturday evening near
Loch which left a police officer with leg injuries and the driver of the Nissan with leg and
possible spinal injuries. m061117
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Sgt Bruhn said there was no
indication that either alcohol
or drugs was involved but he
indicated that distraction or
fatigue may have been pos-
“We’re still investigating
that,” he said.
The accident scene was a
mess with debris from the
cars strewn along the bridge
The two cars appear to have
collided on their front driver’s
side, the impact causing both
cars to lose their front driver’s
side wheels. The extensively
damaged Nissan has come to
rest on the wrong side of the
road, while the Ford Terri-
tory police car has continued
on after the crash and hit the
Here it has dislodged the
top steel rail and bent the bot-
tom rail, finally coming to rest
on the concrete post in the
middle of the bridge.
Both cars were extensively
damaged, likely to be write -
A significant number of
police officers turned out at
the scene to take control of
the highway on the busy long
weekend but also, no doubt,
to support the local member.
Ambulance, CFA Road Ac-
cident Rescue and tow trucks
attended the scene of the ac-
cident which is believed to
have taken place at around
A single lane of the South
Gippsland Highway remained
open while emergency crews
did their work, while investi-
gations were carried out and
while the vehicles were sal-
vaged and the scene cleared.
Police car had ‘nowhere to go’
WONTHAGGI CFA answered a fire alarm at
the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant last Sunday
night at about 9.30pm.
And it appears that the plant’s electrical
woes are continuing.
According to a spokesman for the Wonthag-
gi CFA, there was an electrical fire in the high
voltage room at the plant but despite there
being a strong smell of something burning,
the fire could not be located.
The brigade volunteers were on scene for
two hours but were unable to discover the
reason for the burning smell.
The operators of Victoria’s massive desali-
nation plant, Aquasure, have had great diffi-
culties with the plant’s electrical system to the
point that it is threatening its ability to meet
the 50 gigalitre water order by the June 30
deadline set in its agreement with the State
Last weekend’s fire can only add to the
It has been reported that more extensive in-
vestigation will now be needed to identify the
reason for Sunday’s fire.
Earlier this year finance firms downgrad-
ed the investment rating for the $3.5 billion
plant due to doubts over its ability to operate
and last weekend’s incident can only exacer-
bate the situation.
The desal plant is owned by UniSuper,
French utility Suez Environment, Korean
bank Kookmin, Japanese trading house Ito -
chu and other shareholders including CIMIC
Group (the former Leighton Holdings).
at desal plant
Lack of footpath key
to serious accident
THE lack of footpaths along many of the
streets in south Wonthaggi was an urgent talk-
ing point yesterday after a 78 year old local
woman was knocked over while walking along
In an incident which occurred at around
8.10am on Tuesday morning, March 14, it has
been reported that an 18 year old Wonthaggi
man, travelling to work along Edgar Street,
in an easterly direction, has been affected by
sunlight glare prior to hitting the elderly local
The woman, who was using a wheeled walk-
ing frame when she was struck while walking
along the roadway in a westerly direction, has
sustained life-threatening injuries.
She was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hos-
pital by air ambulance where she was being op-
erated on, suffering from significant injuries to
her legs and head.
Sergeant Jason Hullick of the Bass Coast
Traffic Management Unit said a number of dis-
traught local residents attended the scene, wor-
ried about the welfare of their elderly neighbour.
“It was a distressing situation.
“The young local fellow, on his way to work,
simply didn’t see the lady walking along the
roadway,” he said.
Sunlight glare appears to be the main factor
involved but Sgt Hullick acknowledged there
wasn’t a footpath in the street either.
The accident took place about 60 metres up
from the intersection of Edgar Street with McK-
ABOVE: Police investigate the scene of a
distressing accident in Edgar Street, Wont-
haggi where sun glare and the lack of a foot-
path is being blamed for the incident.
CFA Road Accident Rescue volunteers were soon on the scene, controlling traffic past the
site of a nasty collision east of Loch on Saturday afternoon. m071117
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