A WOMAN is fighting for her life in hospital after she crashed into a tree in Hepburn Springs yesterday morning.
The Daylesford resident was trapped in her early model Ford Laser for almost an hour as CFA crews worked to free her from the wreckage.
Once freed, she was airlifted to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition, suffering head injuries.
Last night she was in an induced coma in a critical condition.
The sole occupant of the car, the 24-year-old crashed into a tree about 5am on Main Road in Hepburn Springs.
Nearby neighbours, including some off-duty nurses who heard the crash, performed CPR on the woman until the ambulance arrived.
Daylesford Police Leading Senior Constable Nicki Lewis said the woman was in an unconscious state as emergency services worked to cut her free.
"A few witnesses who heard the crash did first aid until the ambulance arrived, which we are thankful for," she said.
"We are investigating whether speed and alcohol were factors."
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the woman arrived at The Alfred's emergency department at 7.35am.
Any witnesses to the crash or anybody with information about the driver is asked to contact Daylesford Police on 5348 2342.
Meanwhile, police say they are generally happy with the behaviour of Ballarat motorists during the holiday period, despite some glaring examples of terrible driving.
In one instance, a 61-year-old man was caught four times over the legal blood alcohol limit, producing a reading of 0.21.
In total, 25 people were caught drink driving throughout Operation Summer Stay a 52-day blitz on road safety.
There were also almost 400 motorists caught speeding and 120 unregistered vehicles on the roads.
Ballarat Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Pat Cleary said driver behaviour was about on par as to what police predicted.
However, as always, there was a lot of room for improvement.
"It's no surprise and unfortunately we expect that to be the case," Senior Sergeant Cleary said.